Dish with God of Longevity (Shoulao) and an attendant


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

Reviving a technique that was pioneered in the fifteenth century, the artists who decorated this dish used overglaze enamels to fill in the underglaze blue outlines. While written documents of the period do not use a specific term to refer to this application, it is now known as doucai, or “joined colors.” Reclaiming the technique in the Yongzheng period was a way of showing continuity with lauded enameling traditions of the past, while introducing new layers of visual complexity in the composition of the interior and exterior surfaces of the dish.

Dish with God of Longevity (Shoulao) and an attendant, Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze polychrome enamels (Jingdezhen ware), China

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