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Chinese potters began producing large and flat serving dishes in the early Ming period (1368 – 1644) to cater to Middle Eastern culinary requirements. While tradeware shapes evolved due to market demand, many characteristics such as decorative motif remained Chinese in character.
At the center of this Ming Dynasty celadon dish is an incised lotus flower. The lotus is a symbol of purity and perfection because it grows in the mud but is not defiledâ€”which is why it is also considered symbolically synonymous to the divinity of Buddha.
Roberto T. Villanueva Foundation Collection | On long-term loan to Ayala Museum