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Dish
Ke 2259
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The large bowl from the MAK Collection is an excellent example of the fusion of Persian decoration and Chinese motifs.

History of the Object
In the midst of a dense decorative tangle of peony tendrils two long-feathered birds are flying toward one another. The reinterpretation of the—Persian—pheasant into a phoenix and of the foliage into lotus tendrils can be considered as an instance of the mixing of Persian and Chinese traditions, as is typical of the Yuan Period. This dish belongs to the earliest group of blue-and-white decorated porcelains, which are not dated before 1320. Persian cobalt blue was used for decoration; it contains a relatively high share of oxygenic magnesium, which may cause dark stains in the color in the firing.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain with painting in cobalt blue under glaze 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368), mid-14th c. 
Function
Dish 
Acquisition
1873 acquired at the Vienna World Fair 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Georg Mayer 
Owner
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Museum
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Credit line
MAK 

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