Oct 14, 2010

Dish with Zhou Maoshu Admiring Lotus Flowers

Dish with Zhou Maoshu Admiring Lotus Flowers


late 1600s

Porcelain with overglaze color enamel and iron oxide rim

Diameter: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.); height: 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.246



Many artists typically applied the theme of the "four loves," which includes the lotus, to sliding-door paintings and screens. This plate borrows the motif from painting and applies it to the kakiemon type of multicolor porcelain, portraying the Chinese Song Neo-Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi (also known as Zhou Maoshu) appreciating the lotus. Humorously, the Japanese potter depicted Zhou seemingly appreciating both the lotus and the young lady with a lotus on the boat.

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