Dish with ducks and aquatic plants, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566)

Dish with ducks and aquatic plants, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566), Jiangxi province. Porcelain with underglaze-blue decoration, qinghua ware. H. 1 7/8 in x Diam. 5 1/8 in, H. 4.8 cm x Diam. 13.1 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B62P154 © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture.

One lone duck is shown sleeping on a spit of land surrounded by water in the interior bottom of this bowl. A floral scroll surrounds the interior rim. On the exterior of the body are depicted numerous lively ducks amid reeds—some flying, some swimming, and others eating. The concave, glazed base bears a six-character mark in two columns. Typical of Jiajing period underglaze-blue, the color is lustrous, deep, and rich, the result of using imported cobalt.