Late Ming blue and white bowl made during the Emperor Wanli’s reign. Painted to the outside with a scholar and attendant in a fenced garden with a continuous landscape scene with mountains.
The story of the schoalr and goose was that he was to prove that he could make his writing as elegant as that of a goose/swan’s neck. The inside is painted with a figure with plantains/ banana tree. Again this is another refernce to a scholarly legend. That of a very poor schoalr who could not afford paper to write on so dried out the leaves of a plantain and used those instead