There are over a hundred surviving examples of such dishes in the Near East, Central Asia and India, with those with molded decoration being relatively rare. It is interesting to note that while these dishes share many motifs, their combinations tend to be unique; underscoring the importance of each individual dish. Their large size and bold decoration represent the taste of the Yuan court with its habit of communal dining. This practice traveled from the Middle East along the silk route so it is not surprising that these impressive dishes were objects of great admiration and demand in that region as well. Margaret Medley notes in Chinese Ceramics and Islamic Design, Percival David Foundation Colloquies on Art and Archaeology in Asia, London, 1972, no. 3, that "the chief formative influence in Yuan blue and white design came from Islamic metalwork with its great enrichment of surface...and indefinite extension into space of mathematically conceived two dimension ornament." While this certainly holds true, the ingenious composition and inclusion of Buddhist emblems are distinctly Chinese.
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