We're big fans of epic adventure at Kiss My Eagle - one of the best we know is the classic Chinese tale Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It's very easy to get swept up in the trials and tribulations of Liu Bei, his sworn brothers Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, the super-cool super-all-knowing advisor Zhuge Liang, and of course - the iniquitous Cao Cao.
This dish (one of a pair) has a picture from Three Kingdoms:
The narrative scenes on this pair of dishes derive from Chinese history. At the center of one of the dishes, three figures stand before a hut. They are most likely Liu Bei and his two brothers, visiting the learned scholar Zhuge Liang. Liu Bei was the founder of one of the primary polities in China during the Three Kingdoms period (220–65), a tumultuous era that plays a prominent role in Chinese literature. It is likely that the scene was derived from woodblock prints. The scene on the other dish has not yet been identified.
Description of: 'Pair of dishes with scenes from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms' accessed from www.metmuseum.org*
Pellos has been watching the tv series! I find it all a bit grim myself, so can't watch for very long. But now we've found some better English subtitles, maybe I can watch more Three Kingdoms tv in the future?
*Period: Yuan (1271–1368)–Ming (1368–1644) dynasty; Date:late 14th century; Culture: China; Medium: Carved red and black lacquer; Dimensions: Each: Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Classification: Lacquer; Credit Line: Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving; Accession Number: L.1996.47.17a, b.