Pattipan (Stand for a Jug), anonymous, c. 1740

Pattipan (Stand for a Jug), anonymous, c. 1740

painting, h 2cm × l 13cm × w 8.6cm More details

Designed by Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759), the depiction on this dish is known as ‘the three doctors.’ It might derive from the story of The Three Sages Tasting Vinegar about the poet Su Shi (1037-1101), the monk Foyin, and the Daoist Huang Tingjian (1045-1105). For Su vinegar tastes sour, for Foyin bitter, and for Huang sweet. This stands for the world views of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

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