Offering dish

This thickly potted offering dish has a fluted rim, shallow centre and a high footring. It is decorated with Flowers of the Four Seasons and insects.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
Mid-late 19th century
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: H: 7.7 W: 28.5 D: 21.2 (cm)
Accession No.
2011-02487
Material
Porcelain
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Agnes Tan Kim Lwi in memory of Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
Category
Ceramics