Important antique Chinese porcelain plaque. The porcelain plaque is filled with beautiful hand written Chinese scripts in cobalt blue under the glaze. On the semi-circle top is hand painted with symbols and two large flying cranes. This was actually an epitaph dedicated to two minor wives. The script mentioned their birth dates and their death dates. The province they were born and their recognised deeds in their lives. The epitaph was presented by two sons, their names written at the end of the epitaph. The date of the epitaph was erected is written on the left-hand side also. The date was Ming Dynasty the twelfth month of Jianjing Reign and the year of Bingchen (1556). The two cranes on top of the epitaph represented flying on a crane to heaven. Chinese epitaphs were not erected on the outside of the grave. They were mostly left inside the grave with other funerary items. It was not uncommon to have several people buried in a family grave. It was also not uncommon for a rich merchant to have several minor wives. This is a genuine epitaph I bought in Macau in the 1970s. Chinese in those days were superstitious and would not have touched something like this with a ten-foot pole. I was a gwailo (foreign devil) so it was fine for me and I can guarantee the two ladies never came to visit me. This is very rare. I have not seen another one in the past 50 years. In excellent antique condition. No chip no crack. Please refer to photographs for overall detail. Measurement: 31 cm (L) x 24 cm (W). Thickness: About 1 cm. Weight:1.72 kilogramme. The battery is there for size comparison. It has nothing to do with the item. As in most antiques, there are inevitably some imperfections that are hard to detect. The photographs form part of the description. The battery is there for size comparison only. Most of my collection is one of a kind. I bought the items because I liked it for myself. They were never intended to be resold. Each item has a story and when possible I hand carried in my luggage from all over the world to bring back to Australia. Some of the items have travelled a long way away and some of the items has been with me for 65 years. Be sure to add me to your. I would like to thank my customers for their positive and encouraging feedbacks I received over the years. Your friendship and your support are very much appreciated and valued. The item “Important Chinese Ming Dynasty (1521-1567) Blue & White Porcelain Plaque” is in sale since Sunday, February 23, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Other Asian”. The seller is “carld1846″ and is located in Surfers Paradise, QLD. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Colour: White
- Material: Porcelain
- Originating Region: China
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Era: 1500s