Dish with Figures in a Garden

Dish with Figures in a Garden

1700s

Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamel and gold decoration (Hizen ware, Imari style)

Diameter: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.); height: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.257

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This decorative porcelain—mass-produced for the export market in Europe—is inscribed with a poem from The Gateless Gate or The Gateless Barrier (Wuwen kuan in Chinese and Mumonkan in Japanese) by the Chinese Chan (Zen) master Wumen Huihai (1183–1260). The inscription reads, "I always remember the spring in the south. Where the partridges sing; how fragrant the countless flowers!"

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