Hongzhi period, 1488 – 1505
A Chinese blue and white Minyao¹, or Folk Kiln bowl and spoon, against the cavetto bordered with individual panels alternating between a flower and “fish roe” pattern, each containing Shrivatsa, or endless knots, all underneath a cross-hatched diamond diaper band on the outer rim. Painted in the centre of the bowl is a double Vajra, or Buddhist² thunderbolt inside cloud collar panels. The outside shows a braid design within concentric rings along the bowl rim and a stylised lotus scroll pattern underneath. A row of lotus panels surrounds the foot, further marked with a final double ring around the base. The spoon is decorated with lotus scrolls and auspicious objects on the reverse. The glaze is lightly crazed.
Diameter 15 cm, height 7.5 cm