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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.237

  • Description

    Longquan stoneware vase with long neck and flared mouth. The vase has grey-green glaze. There are carved petals around lower part of the exterior, concentric rings around the neck, and pomegranate scrolls around the body. There is an inscription around the lip.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1327
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 720 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        around the rim
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        栝倉剱川流山萬安社居奉三寳弟子張進成燒造大花瓶壹雙捨入覺林院大法堂佛前永充供養祈福保安家門吉慶者恭定四年丁卯嵗仲秋吉日謹題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Guacang Jianchuan Liushan Wan’anshe ju feng sanbao dizi Zhang Jincheng shaozao da huaping yi shuang sheru Juelinyuan da fatang fo qian yongchong gongyang qifu bao’an jiamen jiqing zhe gongding sinian dingmao sui zhongqiu jiri jin ti
      • Inscription Translation

        Zhang Jincheng of the village of Wan’an by Liuhua hill at Jianchuan in Guacang, a humble believer in the Precious Trinity (ie Buddhism) has fired a pair of large flower vases to be placed for ever before the Buddha in the Great Hall of Ritual at Juelin Temple, with a prayer that the blessings of peace, happiness and prosperity may attend his family. Respectfully inscribed on an auspicious day in the second month of autumn of the dingmao year in the Taiding period’ [AD 1327]
      • Inscription Comment

        Sixty-one characters
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 237

    Large dated temple vase


    This tall vase is carved around the ovoid body and neck with peony or camellia scrolls. Its construction is typical of the Yuan dynasty as its base is inserted separately fixed with glaze, and the foot ring left unglazed. Carved around the inner lip are sixty-one characters. This dedication is read counterclockwise 栝倉剱川流山萬安社居奉三寳弟子張進成燒造大花瓶壹雙捨入覺林院大法堂佛前永充供養祈福保安家門吉慶者恭定四年丁卯嵗仲秋吉日謹題 (Guacang Jianchuan Liushan Wan’anshe ju feng sanbao dizi Zhang Jincheng shaozao da huaping yi shuang sheru Juelinyuan da fatang fo qian yongchong gongyang qifu bao’an jiamen jiqing zhe Taiding sinian dingmao sui zhongqiu jiri jin ti ‘Zhang Jincheng of the village of Wan’an by Liuhua hill at Jianchuan in Guacang, a humble believer in the Precious Trinity (ie Buddhism) has fired a pair of large flower vases to be placed for ever before the Buddha in the Great Hall of Ritual at Juelin Temple, with a prayer that the blessings of peace, happiness and prosperity may attend his family. Respectfully inscribed on an auspicious day in the second month of autumn of the dingmao year in the Taiding period’ [AD 1327]). Hobson records that Jianchuan is an old name for Longquan where this vase was made. Guacang is close to Lishui in Zhejiang province.


    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
    Yuan dynasty, dated around AD1327

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 30 and p. 308 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 52, pl. LI bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.28, no.81 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.55, no.33 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.63, no.51 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1974 p.7, no.237 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 pp 32,33&35, no.237 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 pp 38-39, nos 8&9 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A pp 50-51, no.24 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 pp 91-92, no.115 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case47

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'A similar vase in Constantinople is illustrated in "Meisterwerke der Turkischen Museen zu Konstantinopel" by E. Zimmermann, Vol.2, Plate 4.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.237


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