A Fine Powder-Blue And Underglaze Red Depicting A Buddhist Sage Dish

Kangxi Period (1662 – 1722).

Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue and copper red.

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China.

D: 26.5 cm.

• Purchased from Spink & Son, London,1962.
• Formerly in the collection of Gaby A. Kety, Louisiana.
• Feng-Chun Ma 2019.

The dish with a shallow well and with a rising at everted rim depicts a central figure of a standing monk carrying a long staff with an attached fly whisk over his right shoulder. The monk is depicted wearing loose robes and trousers exposing his bare belly, all reserved on a powder-blue ground. The exterior is decorated with two elongated bamboo sprigs. The base is marked with a flower-head motif within a double circle, all in underglaze cobalt blue.

• An identical dish with the same travelling monk is illustrated in ‘Chinese Ceramics in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1997, pl. 132 by Christiaan J.A Jorg and Jan Van Campen.