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Dish
OKS 1974-23
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A white-glazed porcelain dish with a decoration in low relief, so-called ‘anhua’ decoration. The dish was shaped in a mould and the flower decoration was further incised by hand. Covered with a white ‘luanbai’ glaze. The back is unglazed within the foot rim. These white glazed Yuan wares were still produced during the early Ming Dynasty, and can be recognized by the incised flower decorations and the thick eggshell-white glaze the Chinese call ‘luanbai’. The glaze has the inclination to pool in places. This beautifully made dish shows this effect. This dish is typical of the late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty. The first Ming Emperor Hongwu (1368-1398) favored these kinds of ceramic wares.

History of the Object
The Mongolian conquerors of China, who founded the Yuan Dynasty in 1279 in Nanjing, gave a powerful impulse on the spread of industries and commerce. During the first years of the 14th century a specific kind of white glazed ceramics was favored at the court; the so-called shufu wares. The characters shufu were part of the decoration made with the use of moulds. This mark indicated that the objects were destined for the Shumi Yuan: the department of Ceremonial affairs of the Ministry of Military and Civil affairs.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
height 8 cm, diameter 43.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
14th Century; 1368-1398; Ming Dynasty; Hongwu period (1368-1398) 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1974 at the firma Aardewerk (Den Haag), with help of the Vereniging Rembrandt, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Ottema-Kingma Stichting 
Copyright
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Acknowledgements
B. Harrisson, “Keramiek uit Azië”, Leeuwarden 1985, cat.no. 27; A. Borstlap & J. Teske, “Het Mongoolse Rijk tijdens de Yuan Dynastie (1279-1368)”, Leeuwarden 1995, cat.no. 9. 
Owner
Ottema-Kingma Stichting, on long term loan at Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Museum
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden 
Credit line
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands 

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