Offering dish

This thickly potted offering dish has a 12-lobed fluted rim, shallow centre and a high footring. It is richly decorated with phoenix and peony motifs while the inner rim features the auspicious Eight Buddhist Emblems.Altar vessels like this example were used only for making religious offerings. Yellow enamelled wares were reserved for use on the grand altar while '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. Altar vessels also included bowls, dishes, dishes and spoons, which were laid out as if to present a meal to the ancestors.

Date/Period
Late 19th to Early 20th centuries
Region
China
Dimension
Gross measurement: Dia: 28.8 x H: 6.5cm
Accession No.
2006-00913
Material
Porcelain
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Ceramics