Schotel / dish

Collectie: Princessehof Leeuwarden

  • Dish of saucer shape with rounded sides, an undercut foot and a glazed base. On the interior within bands crossed vajras tied with ribbons, the well plain. Around the exterior a lotus scroll between bands. The vajra, Sanskrit for thunderbolt, is the symbol of the divine force of the Buddha's doctrine. The image of the crossed vajra is one of the insignia of the Lama gods. Crossed vajras are a decorative motif on Yuan dynasty blue and white, celadon, and qingbai. Beribboned vajras only seem to appear in the later 15th century. Similar examples dating to the Chenghua reign are finely potted, the crossed vajra design exactly in the centre of the double ring surrounding it. The painting on this dish is less carefully done, the lotus scroll on the back hastily executed, pointing at production in a min yao kiln. In these private kilns the same designs were used over a longer period of time making this dish difficult to date. The dish was collected in Indonesia. Examples with a central crossed vajra tied with ribbons and surrounded by a flower scroll in the well are in the collection of the Topkapi Saray. A dish with a central motif resembling crossed vajras was recovered from the Lena Shoal junk (late 15th c.).

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