Porcelain Dish with Overglaze Enamels; Design of Figure and Deer, Ming Dynasty, 17th Century, d.38.8cm. Gift of Mr. YABASHI Shigeo. Acc. No. 11269. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka.
This dish is made from a gray body covered with white glaze and decorated with red, blue, and green overglaze enamels. Coarse porcelain of this type is known and appreciated as gosu-akae in Japan and Swatow ware in the West. The location of its production was unknown for a long time, but in 1994 it was excavated from a kiln site in Pinghe-xian, Fujian Province. This is a large dish with a wide rim. The decoration is divided into two bands by concentric circles. In the center together with a deer is a person believed to be Han Xiangzi, one of a hermits, carrying a basket of flowers on his back. The rim is decorated with the characters yu-tang-jia-qi , »riches and reputation » and a floral pattern. The decoration is orderly, and this is believed to be an early example of gosu-akae ware.