I have virtually no knowledge of Chinese pottery so I have done my best to research what I believe is a very rare early plate. To my eyes it is resembles the Western phoenix, but there seems to be a Chinese equivalent. According to historians, the mythical fenghuang is one of the first creatures to exist in chinese folklore. The fenghuang has been found on items dating back to the very dawn of Chinese culture. For that reason it is also known as the "King of all Birds".The appearance of a fenghuang is rare and auspicious. When the fenghuang emerges, it is believed to be a great omen. They are so graceful that when in flight, wind ceases and dust settles.
The environment must be peaceful and serene in order for them to linger. At the slightest sign of war, it will flee straight to the heavens to be free of violence.. The fenghuang is a very revered symbol in Chinese culture, representing femininity, grace, virtue, and the union of Yin and Yang.
The plate is in very good shape with the sort of wear you would expect in an older piece like this. Chips or other damage but on the back of the plate, some paint has worn off the design (see photos), 8 wide.
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