Blue-and-white plate with a phoenixOn display
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Blue-and-white plate with a phoenix
Date1600 - 1620
Ming Dynasty, Wanli Period (1573 - 1620)
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue
Dimensions3 cm (height)
19.1 cm (diameter)
at foot 10.8 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
Glossary of terms
Mythical bird known as hōō in Japan. The Islamic tradition appropriated the far-eastern iconography of the phoenix and used it to represent another mythical bird, the simurgh.
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.