KANGXI 1662 – 1722. Chinese Taste Porcelain.

An Unusual Early Kangxi Blue and White Celadon Backed Dish c.1662-1674. The Design is of a Cross Within a Square Surrounded by Inter-locked Ruyi-Heads of Lingzhi Fungus Cloud Form. The Base with a Six Character Commendation Mark Which Includes the Words Jade, Hall, and Precious.


Two rim cracks, c.30mm and 25 mm.
Diameter : 15.8 cm (6 1/4 inches).
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Ruyi-Head and Lingzhi Fungus Designs:
The Ruyi scepter has been an important symbol in China since at least Western Han times, its origins are still unclear, it might be Chinese but it could equally well be a Buddhist import. The Taoists believe the Ruyi evolved from the Lingzhi fungus, their symbol of immortality. Indeed the Ruyi-Head, that is the top of the scepter which curves back over the main body is often modelled as a Lingzhi fungus cloud form. Lingzhi is the immorality fungus and Ruyi means "may you have".