Apostle plate with inscription of Saint Phillip

Chinese, made for export

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201

This plate, which depicts Saint Philip, originally belonged to a set of dishes illustrating Christ’s apostles as well as John the Baptist. The Chinese potters likely used images from European prayer books as sources for the portraits. Also European in origin is the distinctive border design, although no source has yet been identified.

Apostle plate with inscription of Saint Phillip, Porcelain, with polychrome enamel, Chinese, made for export

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