Plate

Description:
This dish at first sight seems plain and uninteresting, with an undecorated bowl. Underneath however there is a circular, maze-like central motif, flanked on the right and left by winged insects, their heads projecting beyond the diameter of the rim. The band around the rim extends into finger grips 15-20mm deep. The top grip is drilled with two holes, and fitted with a wire loop for hanging.

Context:
The circular pattern on this plate or bowl is a known motif representing a frog or frog spirit. The winged insects seem to be butterflies; although (when viewed from the side), their heads are quite human - with large circular eyes and deep nostrils. The original context of this bowl is unknown, but its hanging function suggests it is fairly modern and probably made for the tourist market.