Dish with scalloped rim

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Date: early 15th century

Culture: China

Medium: Cloisonné enamel

Dimensions: H. 1 in. (2.5 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)

Classification: Cloisonné

Credit Line: Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.338


Lively scrolling lotuses and acanthus leaves are set against a turquoise blue background on the interior (and parts of the exterior) of this dish. In fifteenth-century examples, this background color is often combined with shades of red, yellow, cobalt blue, white, and dark green, which were not mixed but placed individually within each cloison. Although cloisonné was known in China in the fourteenth century, fifteenth-century pieces, such as this dish, are the earliest preserved examples.