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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.238

  • Description

    Longquan porcelain vase with long neck, flared mouth and everted rim. The vase has grey-green glaze. There are concentric rings around the neck above overlapping leaves, lotus and peony scroll bands around the body, and overlapping lotus petals around the lower part. There is an inscription on the neck.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1454
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 690 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        around the neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        景泰伍年福里鎮安社信人楊宗信喜捨恭入本寺供養□自身延壽者
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Jingtai wunian Fuli Zhen’an she xinren Yang Zongxin xishe gongru bensi gongyang □ zishen yanshou zhe
      • Inscription Translation

        In the fifth year of the Jingtai period [ AD 1454], the believer Yang Zongxin of the village of Zhen’an in the district of Fuli has respectfully offered this (vase) to the local temple to be placed before the Buddha, with a prayer for long life
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 238

    Large dated temple vase


    On one side of the neck is a dated dedication in a panel with a lotus leaf above and a lotus flower below. It reads 景泰伍年福里鎮安社信人楊宗信喜捨恭入本寺供養□自身延壽者(Jingtai wunian Fuli Zhen’an she xinren Yang Zongxin xishe gongru bensi gongyang □ zishen yanshou zhe ‘In the fifth year of the Jingtai period [ AD 1454], the believer Yang Zongxin of the village of Zhen’an in the district of Fuli has respectfully offered this (vase) to the local temple to be placed before the Buddha, with a prayer for long life.’)


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, incised, carved and with celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Ming dynasty, dated around AD1454

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 60, pl. LIX bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.33, no.99 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.35, no.238 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.44, no.14 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case47

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.238

Longquan porcelain vase with long neck, flared mouth and everted rim. The vase has grey-green glaze. There are concentric rings around the neck above overlapping leaves, lotus and peony scroll bands around the body, and overlapping lotus petals around the lower part. There is an inscription on the neck.

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