13 November 2001
A DOUCAI SAUCER DISH
Xianfeng six-character seal mark and of the period (1851-1861)
The dish painted around the well with the Eight Daoist Emblems, babao, surrounding a fruit and flower motif in the medallion, the reverse with sprays of fruiting and flowering branches
8 in. (20.3 cm.) diam.
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With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago