Unknown authorLast quarter of the 16 century

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art
Lisbon, Portugal

This pot is an important example of Chinese porcelain, created for export on commission, after the voyages of the Portuguese to the Orient.
The porcelain pot with the insignia of the Augustinian Order is a rare and fundamental piece in the small group of objects identified as 16th-century Chinese export pottery decorated with coats of arms. Only a very small number of similar pieces are known to exist.
The iconography of the coat of arms of the Order of St. Augustine – a heart pierced by two arrows surmounted by a two-headed eagle – points to a specific commission that was destined for a monastery of that congregation, possibly the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Graça, in Macau.

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  • Title: Pot
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: Last quarter of the 16 century
  • Location Created: China, Ming Dynasty, Wanli period
  • Physical Dimensions: 37 cm x 30 cm
  • Type: Decorative Arts
  • Rights: MNAA Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, inv. 6917 Cer
  • Medium: Moulded and painted porcelain