Small porcelain dish with bats
- Object Number: STKMG:1938.P.44.1
- Simple Name: dish
- Other Name: saucer
- Production Place: Jiangxi
- Production Place: China
- Production Period:
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period
- Summary: Small porcelain dish with bats. With underglaze and overglaze polychrome 'doucai' decoration. The interior combines two decorative themes: a peach tree and five bats symbolising and five bats flying over the sea. The exterior is decorated with pairs of red bats alternating with branches of peaches or oranges, one of which is inscribed with the traditional longevity character 'shou'. Double blue border under rim, around the well and on the reverse.
- Terms:East Asian
- Additional Notes: The interior combines two decorative themes: a peach tree and five bats symbolising 'wufu-qingshou' (five bats celebrate a birthday) and five bats flying over the sea, 'shoushan-fuhai' (shorthand term for 'Happiness like the East Sea is never ending. One can live as long as the pine on the Southern mountain'). An identical example in the Tianjin Museum was commissioned to wish the empire a long existence. Yongzheng mark and period.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery