Dish with Gardenia


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

Pomegranate, persimmon, grapes, and lotus surround the gardenia in the center of this dish. All of the flowers are auspicious: the gardenia symbolizes honor and happiness because its Chinese name, furong, is a homonym for these virtues.

Dish with Gardenia, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamel over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

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