Dish in Shape of Mount Fuji with Horses and Deer

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Tianqi period (1621–27)

Date: ca. 1625

Culture: China

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

Dimensions: H. 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); L. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Barbara and William Karatz Gift, Gift of C. T. Loo and Company, by exchange and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 2010

Accession Number: 2010.206


The shape of the dish, which alludes to the famed Mount Fuji, indicates that it was commissioned by a Japanese patron, most likely for a meal that accompanied the tea ceremony. The inscription, which discusses roaming with deer and horses in a landscape, is an allusion to a similar phrase in the writings of the Chinese philosopher Mencius (ca. 327–289 B.C.).