Plate with Carp

Period: Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Date: mid-14th century

Culture: China

Medium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)

Dimensions: Diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.10


Close examination of the cobalt blue used to paint this dish shows areas of darker blue. Known as “heaped and piled,” this effect is a result of imperfect control of the pigment during firing. This effect disappeared in the early fifteenth century, when potters further mastered the use of this pigment.