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KO-AKAE SQUARE DISH

CHONGZHEN PERIOD (1628-1644)

19.5 cm wide

The square dish rises from a short foot to spreading sides with an everted rim with indented corners. The interior is painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels with a square panel enclosing two phoenixes against a cash-motif ground iron-red. The sides of the interior are painted with sprays of pine, bamboo, peony and plum blossom below a key-fret border in iron-red on the everted rim. The underside is covered with glaze. The rim of the dish is dressed brown.