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China, Jiangxi Province; Ming period (1368-1644), early 15th century (probably Yongle era, 1403 - 1424)
Porcelain with incised and impressed design under glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm); D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Recent excavations of the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen have determined that porcelain covered with a warm white glaze were among the most popular ceramics produced during the Yongle emperor's reign (1403 - 1424), the third emperor of the Ming dynasty. Both the interior and exterior of this white porcelain bowl probably made during the Yongle era are decorated with incised motifs: plantain leaves and chrysanthemum flowers are incised on the interior, while a chrysanthemum spray and a geometric keyfret design decorate the exterior. The bowl is thinly potted and has a lower foot rim and straighter sides than some bowls produced during the reign of the next emperor, Xuande (reigned 1426 - 1435).
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