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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.203

  • Description

    Longquan porcelain meiping vase of octagonal form. The vase has grey green glaze. There are three moulded panels on each of the eight facets, with chrysanthemum sprays on the upper and lower panels. The centre panels are unglazed and biscuit fired, and show alternately Daoist immortals and chrysanthemum sprays.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 243 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 203

    Octagonal vase with immortals and flowers


    Potters decorated each of the eight sides with three impressed, lobed, panels with the design standing out in relief. The panels around the centre were painted with a wax or grease resist before glazing, to ensure they fired in the biscuit, creating a contrasting colour. These biscuit panels depict two of the Eight Immortals surrounded by clouds. They are repeated twice and alternate with flower panels. The Eight Immortals are a combination of male and female historical and legendary figures, each identified by different costume and attributes. For example Zhong Liquan 鐘離權 is recognised by his top knots and fan, and Li Tieguai 李鐵拐 has a ‘grotesque’ face, walks with a crutch and carries a gourd.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with impressed and partly biscuit-fired decoration with celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 34 and p. 309 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 57, pl. LVI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 88, no. 89 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.20, no.203 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.26, no.74 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.56, no.35 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.62, no.50 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1974 p.7, no.203 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.92, no.116 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A pp 48-49, no.23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Mr Shoji Kato, Tokyo.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.203

Longquan porcelain meiping vase of octagonal form.  The vase has grey green glaze. There are three moulded panels on each of the eight facets, with chrysanthemum sprays on the upper and lower panels. The centre panels are unglazed and biscuit fired, and show alternately Daoist immortals and chrysanthemum sprays.

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