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China, Jiangxi Province; Ming period (1368-1644), early 15th century
Porcelain painted with underglaze copper red (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); D. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
This small Jingdezhen ware dish illustrates the difficulties inherent in working with copper-red pigment. The dish is decorated with scrolling flowers, probably chrysanthemums, but some of the copper color, which is derived from copper oxide, fired to a dull gray. In spite of their difficulty to achieve, underglaze copper-red wares became popular and were made in some number during the reign of the first Ming emperor, Hongwu (reigned 1368 - 1398).
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