16 September 2003
A Blue and White Twelve-Sided Porcelain Dish
Choson period (19th century)
Painted on the interior in underglaze cobalt-blue with a band of netting on the flared sides surrounding a twelve-sided reserve of clouds, some in the shape of pulloch'o fungus, and a large flowerhead in the flat cavetto, the exterior also painted in underglaze-blue with twelve auspicious Chinese characters, six reading "long life" and six "good fortune," one per facet, below a double-ring at the top edge and above a single line around the foot, the dish also covered by a glossy transparent glaze of blue cast; twelve-sided foot rim unglazed, recessed base glazed
6 5/16in. (16.1cm.) diameter
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Murayama Takeshi, Richo no sometsuke (Choson-period blue and white), vol. 31 of Toji taikei (Compendium of ceramics) (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1978), no. 81.
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