Bowl with a bird, a deer, a wasp, and a monkey, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Wanli emperor (1573-1620)

 

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Bowl with a bird, a deer, a wasp, and a monkey, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Wanli emperor (1573-1620), China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. H. 3 5/8 in x Diam. 8 1/8 in, H. 9.2 cm x Diam. 20.7 cm. he Avery Brundage Collection, B60P261  © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture

In this pictorial pun, the bird (qiao), deer (lu), wasp (feng), and monkey (hou) together form the auspicious phrase juelu fenghou ("high rank and riches").