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meiping

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1947,0712.157

  • Description

    Cizhou-type meiping with underglaze iron-black painted decoration on a cream slip beneath a turquoise glaze. Similar to but slightly smaller than BM Franks. 742 and BM Franks. 88, this Cizhou-type stoneware meiping has a narrow neck with an out-turned rim and sides which taper towards a splayed foot. The meiping is covered with a cream slip and is painted in iron black beneath a turquoise glaze with designs in bands. It is painted with a sketchy design of a man in a landscape turning towards a snake which is skewered by a sword. On the other side is a crane standing on one foot in a landscape. Around the shoulder are tripple zigzag lines separating clouds and below is a border of overlapping clouds.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500-1600 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2001 14:11 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1947

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1947,0712.157

A Cizhou-type stoneware meiping with a narrow neck with an out-turned rim and sides tapering towards a splayed foot. Covered with a cream slip and painted in iron black beneath a turquoise glaze with designs in bands. Painted with a sketchily design of a man in a landscape turning towards a snake which is skewered by a sword. On the other side a crane standing on one foot in a landscape. Around the shoulder with tripple zigzag lines separating clouds and below a border of overlapping clouds.

A Cizhou-type stoneware meiping with a narrow neck with an out-turned rim and sides tapering towards a splayed foot. Covered with a cream slip and painted in iron black beneath a turquoise glaze with designs in bands. Painted with a sketchily design of a man in a landscape turning towards a snake which is skewered by a sword. On the other side a crane standing on one foot in a landscape. Around the shoulder with tripple zigzag lines separating clouds and below a border of overlapping clouds.

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