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Schaal / dish

Collectie: Princessehof Leeuwarden

  • Dish of deep saucer shape on a channel foot ring. Decorated with two large branches of fruiting finger citron and persimmon, three peach sprays on the back. Channel foot rings are often present on large dishes of the Shunzhi (1644-1661) and early Kangxi period. The channel is quite narrow and deep. The design on this dish is a variation of a design called the The Three Fruits, where the oranges are replaced by persimmons. Both combinations are a fashionable subject on porcelain at the time. The finger citron, an inedible fruit, is also called The Buddha's hand because it resembles a classic position of his hand with the index finger and the little finger pointing upwards. It also has a more profane meaning: the gesture of grasping money, therefore symbolizing wealth. The orange represents abundant happiness and prosperity, the peach is a symbol of marriage and immortality. The manner of painting with nuances in the washes to convey the roundness of the fruits is reminiscent of late Transitional wares. This dish was found in Indonesia.

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