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Ming 16th century blue and white small plate

£ 800

Category
Period
Reference
6157
Diameter
13 cm (5")
Ming blue and white 16th century - Made during the reign of the Emperor Jia Jing- at the kilns at Jingdezhen

Painted to the centre with a deer and a monkey in a naturalistic setting with insects and butterflies flying around.

The animals are beneath a flowering tree.

Although the monkey is the ninth emblem of the zodiac it also can be the representation of a god as it was thought that gods may take the form of the Monkey at times.

The deer symbolises longevity and was the companion of Shou Lao

The sides of the dish are painted with items associated with the scholar and insects and to the underside there is a chop character mark and scrolling foliage and lotus flowers to the side
Diameter
13 cm (5")
Year
1522 - 1566
Medium
porcelain
Country
China
Condition
excellent