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Longquan porcelain vase with a long cylindrical neck and flaring mouth. The vase has pale grey-green glaze. There are carved overlapping leaves on the neck, overlapping lotus petals around the lower part, above a raised rib, and a wide band of lotus scroll around the body. There is an inscription on the neck.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 442 millimetres
Inscription Positionon neck
Inscription TransliterationXuande, qi nian qi yue ji ri zao, tianshifu yong
Inscription TranslationMade on an auspicious day in the seventh month of the seventh year of the Xuande period [AD 1432] for use in the Tianshi fu (literally Celestial Master’s mansion).
Inscription CommentInscription on the neck dated AD 1432.
Published PDF date : AD 1432Room 95 label text:
Temple vase dated by inscription
The custom of donating flower vases with inscriptions to Daoist and Buddhist temples was long-established. This vase has an incised inscription which reads 宣德七年七月吉日造天師府用 (Xuande, qi nian qi yue ji ri zao, tianshifu yong ‘Made on an auspicious day in the seventh month of the seventh year of the Xuande period [AD 1432] for use in the Tianshi fu (literally Celestial Master’s mansion)’).
Stoneware, porcelain-type, incised decoration and inscription, green glaze; the neck cut-down
Longquan area , Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Ming dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1432
2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'
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Object reference number: RRC38656
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