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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Basil Ionides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 13, shelf 7

The Biblical scene painted on the dish depicts the young Joseph escaping from the advances of Zuleika, Potiphar's wife. The story, popular in the iconographical repertoire of print-makers, was executed in several different manners and styles in Europe from the early 16th century.

This specific version, where the woman grasps Joseph's cloak, was linked to an engraving made by Marcantonio Raimondi between 1515 and 1525, after a fresco by Raphael in the Vatican Logge, although it is likely that the direct source was a later print.

Physical description

Plate of saucer shape; decorated with a scene of Potiphar's Wife; painted inside with a scene of a columned European interior with a half-clad woman attempting to detain a young man; over the doorway is a figure in a niche and in the foreground is a ewer and a basket.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1750 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt


Diameter: 20.96 cm

Descriptive line

Plate, porcelain decorated with a scene of Potiphar's Wife, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1750

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.69, pl.87




Painted; Glazed; Gilt

Subjects depicted

Figures; Basket; Doorway; Ewer; Potiphar


Porcelain; Household objects; Ceramics

Collection code


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