Plate with a vase of flowers

Chinese, for European market

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201

The vase, halberd (axe-headed weapon), and musical chimes on the plate’s central panel and rim are Chinese symbols carrying auspicious meanings: they form a rebus couplet suggesting "peace and good luck" (pingan jiqing) and "happiness and may all things be as you wish" (jiqing ruyi).

Plate with a vase of flowers, Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), Chinese, for European market

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