Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Diameter: 19.9 cm (7 13/16 in.); Overall: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)
Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.315
Daoism traces its origins to Laozi, a sage believed to have lived in the sixth century BC, who was the reputed author of the Daode jing (Classic of the Way), a fundamental text for Daoism. The interior of this dish depicts the elderly Laozi riding a buffalo. He is accompanied by three servants and is greeted by a scholarlike figure.
This dish borrows brush and shading techniques typically employed by artists who paint on paper or silk, a development frequently seen in porcelain decoration around the 1700s.
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