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6. A BLUE AND WHITE AND COPPER-RED CIRCULAR ‘GRAZING HORSE’ DISH, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD (1621-1627)

明天啟 青花釉裡紅斑馬紋盤

The steep sloping sides rising from a short tapered foot to an everted rim, painted to the interior with a mottled horse with its head lowered chewing grass beneath a willow tree, the moon and swirling clouds painted in copper-red, Japanese wood box, 

 Diameter: 15.1cm 

Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 2014; Mujintang Collection. 

This delightful dish is really well potted and covered with a clear and even glaze and the painting of the horse is almost humorous with its body twisted as it turns its head to the left to eat tufts of grass. For a similar set of five dishes, with four feet, please see Kawahara, Masahiko, Ko-sometsuke, Kyoto, 1977, Monochrome Section, p. 156, pl. 614.

 

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