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20. A HEXAGONAL KOAKE SHONZUI-PATTERNED ‘RIVER LANDSCAPE’ TRIPOD STAND, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD(1621-1627)

明天啟 五彩山水紋六角三足盤

The sloping sides rising from three claw feet, painted to the interior with a figure in a sampan in a river landscape with retreats on an island, bordered with panels of diaper and lattice, below similar thin bands at the everted rim, the exterior with a poetic inscription in iron-red, Japanese wood box

Width: 25cm

Provenance: Purchased Yokohama, 2014;   Mujintang Collection.

For a similar hexagonal dish with three feet and an iron-red inscription to the exterior please see Kawahara, Masahiko, Ko-sometsuke, Kyoto, 1977, Colour Section, p. 78, pls. 58 and 59.

The poem was originally written by the Northern Song poet Shao Yong (1012-1077) and is a poem with numbers and reads:

yí qù èr sān lǐ   (Once a time, we walk leisurely for two or three miles)

yān cūn sì wǔ jiā  (On the way, we see four or five villages)

tín tái liù qī zuò    (Six or seven temples and)

bā jiǔ shí zhī huā  (Eight , nine or ten branches of flowers)

 

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