Yuan dynasty Cizhou plate.

This small dish is a cizhou underglaze decorated dish. The dish is dated Yuan dynasty,1271- 1368 aD. There are five grit adherence spots on the footrim as on the inside, so these dishes were simply stacked on top of each other when fired.

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These grid marks are typical for the Yuan wares and some later Ming pieces too. The decoration is painted over a white slip in an iron oxide, which is brown/black.

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The size is 12,2 cm across. There is some obvious fritting on the rim, probably because of the lower firing temperature. The decoration is probably a Chinese character in grass-script, possibly meaning¬†“Fragrant, scented, sweet smelling”. (thanks to Simon)

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This picture shows the clay, white slip, and the clear glaze.

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I recieved this dish as a gift for my birthday from my parents.

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