A Chinese Kraak porcelain charger decorated with mandarin ducks. Ming Dynasty-Wanli period (1573-1619)
Decorated in underglaze blue, the rim well painted with panels of fruits and flowers surrounding ducks and a lotus pond centering the broad floor, the exterior decorated with simplified reserves.
- Period :
- Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Wanli period (1573-1619)
- 13.77 in. (35.5 cm)
- Reference :
In traditional Chinese culture, mandarin ducks are believed to be lifelong couples, unlike other species of ducks. Hence they are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity, and are frequently featured in Chinese art. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the mandarin duck as a metaphor : “Two mandarin ducks playing in water”.