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Ming Blue and White Saucer / Small Plate

Ming blue and white 16th century - Made during the reign of the Emperor Jia Jing- at the kilns at Jingdezhen
Painted to the centre with a deer and a monkey in a naturalistic setting with insects and butterflies flying around.
The animals are beneath a flowering tree.
Although the monkey is the ninth emblem of the zodiac it also can be the representation of a god as it was thought that gods may take the form of the Monkey at times.
The deer symbolises longevity and was the companion of Shou Lao
The sides of the dish are painted with items associated with the scholar and insects and to the underside there is a chop character mark and scrolling foliage and lotus flowers to the side
Excellent
Item Number 6158

£800.00

Material Porcelain
Age 1522 to 1566
Dimensions Diameter 13.00 cm  (5.12 inches)