Plate with fish


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

Close examination of the cobalt blue used to paint this dish shows areas of darker blue. Known as “heaped and piled,” this effect is a result of imperfect control of the pigment during firing. This effect disappeared in the early fifteenth century, when potters further mastered the use of this pigment.

Plate with fish, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

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