The Mahin Banu dish

China; Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, 1403–25


Diam. 43.2cm

This dish comes from the Chinese imperial factory in Jingdezhen which produced pieces for both local clients and for export. An inscription specifies that it belonged to Princess Mahin Banu (1519-1562), sister of the Safavid ruler Shah Tahmasp. It then joined the porcelain collections of Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658), son and successor of Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

© The Al Thani Collection