Delftware plate

1660 - 1680

W 14" diameter × H 2 1/2"

Stock # Marh2699


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Delftware plate depicting a tailed animal most possibly the image of the Fox Gods. Popular fox worship during the Tang dynasty has been mentioned in a text entitled Hu Shen (Fox gods): Since the beginning of the Tang, many commoners have worshiped fox spirits. They make offerings in their bedchambers to beg for their favor. The foxes share people's food and drink. They do not serve a single master. At the time there was a figure of speech saying, "Where there is no fox demon, no village can be established."