AN UNUSUAL QINGBAI CARVED BRACKET-LOBED DISH
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AN UNUSUAL QINGBAI CARVED BRACKET-LOBED DISH

SOUTHERN SONG-YUAN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY

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AN UNUSUAL QINGBAI CARVED BRACKET-LOBED DISH
SOUTHERN SONG-YUAN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY
The interior is carved in the center with a lotus stem surrounded by an immortal holding a scepter, a crane, and a tortoise, alternating with stylized clouds, below a foliate scroll border interrupted by the immortal's halo just below the everted, bracket-lobed rim. The dish is covered inside and out with a pale aqua-blue glaze pooling to a slightly darker tone on the slightly tapered ring foot, and the base is left unglazed, revealing the white body.
7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.) diam., box

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A nearly identical qingbai dish, decorated with the same motif, in the Avery Brundage Collection, is illustrated by Stacey Pierson (ed.) in Qingbai Ware: Chinese Porcelain of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, London, 2002, pp. 84-5, no. 35. Pierson notes that qingbai ceramics depicting Daoist motifs are among the earliest examples of Daoist iconography in Chinese ceramics, which became popularized in the Yuan and Ming dynasties. Another similar qingbai dish, also decorated with crane, cloud and tortoise, is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng, R. Scott and J. Chen, Serene Pleasure: The Jinglexuan Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Seattle Art Museum, 2001, p. 36, no. 9.

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