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meiping

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1930,0719.44

  • Description

    Porcelain meiping vase with incised relief decoration, glazed 'qingbai' on a mottled dark blue ground. This unusual meiping has rounded shoulders, tapering sides and a short tubular neck with thickened rim. It is decorated with motifs applied in relief and incised, glazed with a transparent blue-white glaze on a mottled dark blue ground. Three fish - a 'gui' [mandarin fish], 'li' [carp] and another variety of carp - are depicted in different attitudes among large flowering and budding lotus, growing in clusters, and other aquatic plants. Below this is a band of stylized crested waves. The base is smooth and unglazed with a narrow foot ring. This vase has been badly broken and is extensively restored.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1450-1500 (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Harrison-Hall 2001:
    Nothing has been published to date from the Jingdezhen excavations which exactly matches this meiping. However, the formal arrangement of the lotus is very similar to that on a 'doucai' bowl excavated from a mid fifteenth-century context at Dongsiling, Jingdezhen. While reserved designs of fish among aquatic plants on a blue ground were first produced at Jingdezhen in the Xuande era, the quality of painting, porcelain and glaze suggest that the meiping was made later, in the fifteenth century.

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  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2001 7:16 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G33/Ch/case46

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1930

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1930,0719.44

Porcelain meiping vase with incised relief decoration, glazed qingbai on a mottled dark blue ground.  Three fish - a mandarin fish and two varieties of carp - are depicted among lotus and other aquatic plants, below which is a band of stylised crested waves.

Porcelain meiping vase with incised relief decoration, glazed qingbai on a mottled dark blue ground. Three fish - a mandarin fish and two varieties of carp - are depicted among lotus and other aquatic plants, below which is a band of stylised crested waves.

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