Plate with Qilin, Flowers, and Birds inCobalt Blue and Polychrome Overglaze Enamels

Place of production
Era century
Ming Period
9.2 cm Base diameter 16.5 cm 38.8 cm
Kyoto National Museum
Among white and white-and-blue porcelain made at along the end of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) by privately owned kilns in southern China, those with designs in red, blue, and green overglaze enamels are called <i>gosu akae</i> in Japan. <i>Gosu akae</i> plates have survived to the present in large numbers, particularly those with <i>qilin</i>---Chinese mythical animals resembling deer---in the center, a typical design of <i>gosu akae</i>, as in the case of this piece. Recent archeological excavations have revealed that kilns in Fujian Province were one of the main production centers for <i>gosu akae</i>.

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