1200s, Yuan dynasty (1279–1368)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Vance Kirkland
This is a typical Longquan celadon plate produced mostly for trade during the Yuan dynasty. Plates with similar double-fish designs were found on a shipwreck near Daliandao, Fujian Province, and comparable objects have also been found at port sites along the coast of China as well as in shipwrecks in Southeast Asian waters. During the Yuan dynasty, Longquan kilns became one of the major producers of export ceramics destined for both Southeast and West Asia as well as Korea. The jadelike glaze of the Longquan wares was particularly valued by the Goryeo court in Korea.