Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: 1522-1566 (Ming Dynasty, Jiajing mark)
Dimensions (cm): 15,6 x Ø 37,5
Inv. no.: PD0294
This bowl – made from fine, white porcelain – is glazed in a blueish colour. The decoration is typical of the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty. A high-quality cobalt blue pigment was used in a limited area, defined in circles, and using continuous naturalistic friezes, as seen in the representations of the lotus flowers. The subject of lotus flowers and “lotus in water” displayed in this bowl compose the Chinese aesthetic repertoire and symbolise eternal purity.
On the base, inside a double circle, one may see the inscription “Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi” (= made in the Jiajing period of the great Ming dynasty). There are two objects with similar decoration: one in the Topkapi Saray Museum in Istanbul (Turkey) and another in the Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves House-Museum in Lisbon.