Offering dish

This leaf-shaped porcelain dish is thickly potted with a fluted rim and a hgih footrim that has a wave pattern. The dish is decorated in a light green glaze with leaf veins in gold and various flowers plants painted in famille rose enamels.Altar vessels like this were used for making offerings of food to deities and ancestral spirits. Along with dishes, bowls, cups and spoons, these dishes were was laid out as if to present a meal them. Famille rose porcelain was most likely to have been used at the ancestral altar, where elaborate offerings of food were made at least four times a year.