Octagonal plate

probably Höchst Manufactory German
or Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory German

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This scene represents the Japanese version of a Chinese tale known as the "child smashing the urn", concerning Sima Guang, a distinguished historian and stateman of the 11th century. As a young boy he rescued a playmate who was drowning in a large water jar by throwing a rock and breaking the jar, whereupon the boy flowed out with the water. In the Japanese version, seen here, a third person pulls the boy from the jar, making Sima Guang's action unnecessary.

Octagonal plate, probably Höchst Manufactory (German, 1746–1796), Hard-paste porcelain, German, probably Höchst or Nymphenburg

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