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13. A BLUE AND WHITE QUATREFOIL QUINCE-SHAPED TRIPOD SERVING DISH, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD(1621-1627)

明天啟 青花木瓜型蟹爪紋三足皿

The rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, painted to the centre of the interior with a crab, surrounded by butterflies and other insects, on three round feet

Width: 16cm 

Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 2013; Mujintang Collection. 

For a similar set of five dishes, with four feet, please see Kawahara, Masahiko, Ko-sometsuke, Kyoto, 1977, Colour Section, p. 179, pl.147. The crab stands in a rather humorous manner in the centre of branches of water weed, the latter which accentuates or frames the various fluted sections. 

 

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