A Ming Porcelain, Inscribed Arabic Market Dish, Wanli to Chongzhen c.1620-1640. This Swatow Ware Dish was Made in Pinghe County, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province. The Center of this Heavily Potted Ming Dish Depicts Two Dragons Contesting a Flaming Pearl, Around this are Five Panels of Flying Horses. The Outer Border is of Panels with Dancing Male Figures Alternating with Islamic Inscriptions Which Translate as `God Who Gives Health` and God the Healer`.
There is a large fine crack that has been consolidated c.88 mm. It is difficult to see as it is nearly as fine as the crazed glaze.
Diameter : 40cm (15 3/4 inches)
For a very similar Ming dish described as `Swatow-type` with the translation of the Islamic inscription see : Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum.(Jessica Harrison-Hall.The British Museum Press, 2001.ISBN 0-7141-1488-X) page 312, plate 11:24. For other Ming dishes of this type see : Zhangzhou Export Porcelain, the So-Called Swatow Wares (Various authors, Jorge Welsh Books, 2006 ISBN 0-9550992-4-2.) pages 90-93, items 15 and 16.
Swatow ware produced at various kilns in Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province was a type of Chinese export porcelain decorated in blue and white or bright overglaze enamels, often with a predominance of a flat somewhat rusty red. Swatow wares were shipped to many countries including Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Portugal.