This bowl is decorated in what is generically known as brinjal decoration. Wares of this type are made of thinly glazed biscuit porcelain, with incised decoration and a limited colour-palette of green, yellow and aubergine brown. The bowl has brown branches of magnolia with yellow and white flowers round the outside, and a small sketchy lingzhi fungus inside in the centre.
The earliest known wares of this type, are dated to the early transitional period (1620’s). But production continued for several decades until well into the Kangxi period. Brinjal wares are known with green or yellow ground, but occasionally with a brown or white ground. Bowls are the most common form, though plates occasionally occur. The name Brinjal derives from an old Anglo-Indian word for aubergine, and may have been adopted because of the aubergine-brown colour employed in the decoration.