Large deep bowl on footring, spreading rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a continuous landscape with blooming flowers, trees and plants, bamboo, rockwork, birds and butterflies. Around the foot a band of lotus-petal motifs. The inside with two groups of large flower sprays with butterflies. In the centre a flowering lotus with scrolls within a border of small flowers with leaves on either side. The glaze on the flattened edge adhered badly and has blistered in several places. On the base a six-character Xuande mark.
This beautifully painted bowl is remarkable for its complexities, combining a variety of elements in a balanced composition. This piece can be considered kraak porcelain for several reasons: the shape, the river scene inside on the base, the thin body and the rim where some of the glaze is missing. However, the characteristic panelling seen on kraak ware is absent and the decoration is more complex and exuberant than usually seen on kraak bowls. This is therefore considered here as an early precursor of kraak.