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Chinese qingbai ceramic washer showing five fish swimming in stylised waves, Southern Song dynasty.
Stock Number: 5080
Chinese qingbai ceramic washer showing a total of five fish (two in the well and three in the cavetto) swimming in stylised waves, 13th century, Southern Song dynasty, d. 14 cm, 5½ in; h. 2,8 cm, 1 in. 9-18168 Bespoke box. -
◆The rim is unglazed because this type of dishes was fired on their rims. Most of them had a metal band applied to the unglazed rim but few survive.
Qingbai ceramic wares were manufactured in Jingdezhen and other kilns since the 10th century.
The Chinese word for “fish” is pronounced the same way as “abundance” and a pair of fish represents “marital bliss”. Amongst the fish the carp was revered due to its perseverance and strength for swimming upriver and was associated with success.