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Also called ‘yi shu lian’ (一束莲). The motif is presented as ‘a ribbon-tied bouquet of lotus in bud, full bloom, and seed pods accompanied by leaves, with or without some other water plants such as arrowheads’. The earliest example of this design can be traced back to those found on Yaozhou ware potted in the Song dynasty (960 – 1279).
Fig 1: blue-and-white porcelain dish, early Ming dynasty (14th-15th century), courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art
Fig 2: blue-and-white dish, Yongle period (1403-24), Ming dynasty, courtesy of the Museum of East Asian Art (Cologne)
Fig 3: blue-and-white porcelain dish, Yongle period (1403 – 25), Ming dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Fig 4: blue-and-white porcelain dish, Xuande period (1426-35), Ming dynasty, courtesy of Tokyo National Museum
Fig 5: blue-and-white porcelain dish, 18th century, courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art
Fig 6-7: yellow ground dishes, Yongzheng period (1723 – 35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art