C13 Minyao ware bowl & spoon

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C13 – Minyao ware bowl & spoon

Ming dynasty

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

¹ Similar bowls were recovered from the Lena Shoal shipwreck near the Philippines and dated to circa 1490. Ref. Lost at Sea: the Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk, Periplus Publishing, London, 2002, p.167
² Despite the Buddhist themes of the decoration, it has been suggested that these types of bowls were largely intended for export to Islamic trading partners in Indonesia and beyond

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