"Swatow" plate with Guanyin and parrot

Chinese export
17th century


Diameter : 38 cm (14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View


Asia, Europe



“Swatow” plate depicting a Guanyin and a parrot in turquoise outlined in black surrounded by iron red cicles from the end of the Ming period for export to South East Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan. Attributed to Southern China, Count Pinghe, Prefecture of Zhangzhou, Fujian province.


By 1996, with Jorge Welsh, London (dealer); 1996, sold from Welsh to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012).

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger