Glazed Ming Dynasty Offering Dish


A finely modelled Chinese Ming Dynasty glazed pottery offering dish. The plate, stacked with neatly arranged fruits, is rendered a meticulous manner, with incised details and a lustrous dark green glaze. Such terracotta compositions would have been made for funerary purposes, buried with the deceased in the belief that he or she could enjoy their favourite foods in the afterlife.

Date: Circa 1368-1644 AD
Period: Ming Dynasty
Provenance: The C. Roger Moss OBE collection. The late C. Roger Moss OBE was a renowned art collector who, throughout the years, thanks to his determination and enthusiasm, was able to create an outstanding collection of artworks, most prominently from China and the Orient, but also from other cultures.
Condition: Fine, glossy and vivid glaze. One chip to one side of the dish.


The Ming Dynasty played host to some of China’s most renowned artistic achievements. The culture’s artistic explosion can be in part explained by the Ming dynasty’s economic success. In ancient China it was common practice to bury terracotta miniature of utilitarian and ornamental objects with the deceased. These objects were offered to assist and help the deceased in the afterlife, and they would have been modelled in the shape of cooking utensils, miniature replicas of their houses, as well as a range of furniture and other items.

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Weight 127 g
Dimensions H 5 cm


Pottery and Porcelain


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