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  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1432
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 442 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on neck
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xuande, qi nian qi yue ji ri zao, tianshifu yong
      • Inscription Translation

        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).
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscription on the neck dated AD 1432.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : AD 1432Room 95 label text:

    PDF 239

    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 ware龍泉窯
    Longquan area , Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Ming dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1432PDF 239





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 84 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 59, pl. LVIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.36, no.239 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.43, no.13 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 pp 32-33, no.98 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc6/sh4

  • Exhibition history

    2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'

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