A BLUE AND WHITE ‘CONCH SHELL’ BOWL
Hongzhi period, late 15th – early 16th century
15 cm diam
The decoration painted in greyish blue, the interior with a conch shell in the centre amidst aquatic plants, the exterior with a continuous vegetal scroll under a geometric band near the mouth.
Provenance: acquired before 1975.
Similar bowls have been found in the Lena Cargo, a ship wrecked in the Philippines sea at the end of the 15th century (see F. Goddio – S. Pierson – M. Crick, Sunken Treasure: Fifteenth Century Chinese Ceramics from the Lena Cargo, London 2000).