H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm); Diam. of foot 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
Found in ceramics, metalwork, and lacquer, dishes shaped with overlapping petals first appear in north China about the eleventh century, and the form later becomes a standard motif in the art of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). This dish, which has an inscription on the bottom giving the name of the maker or owner—a common practice during the Southern Song dynasty—was likely intended to represent a six-petal camellia, a flower often associated with joy and protection.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)