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Ming Blue and white deep small plate

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Period
Reference
6156
Ming 16th century - Jia Jing - blue and white small plate made at Jingdzhen for the Chinese market

Painted to the centre with a deer and a monkey in a naturalistic setting with birds and insects.

The animals are beneath a fruiting peach tree. To Daoists the peach was the elixir of life and the peach tree was said to grow in the garden of the palace of Xi Wang mu it is also associated with the god Shou Lao

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 flowers and insects and to the underside there is a four figure character mark and scrolling foliage and lotus flowers to the side
Year
1522 - 1566
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
perfect