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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.196

  • Description

    Porcelain vase. The vase has crackled yellowish glaze. There is a single groove and stylized wave band above the foot, and a band of double grooves on the shoulder.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 334 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 196

    Vase with design of ruyi heads


    Potters in the late Ming and Qing dynasties made copies of Ding wares at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, Zhangzhou in Fujian province and in other southern kilns. This bottle-shaped vase is decorated with a band of auspicious ruyi heads around the shoulder and a petal border around the foot. The vase is chalky white or ‘rice–coloured’ and potters covered it either with a white slip and a thin transparent glaze with a yellowish cast that crackled during the cooling process or with an opaque white glaze. Connoisseurs once called this type of ceramic 土定 (tu ding ‘earthen Ding ware’).


    Underfired porcelain, incised and with transparent crackled glaze
    Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
    Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, about AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 195 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.24, no.62 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.196

Porcelain vase. The vase has crackled yellowish glaze. There is a single groove and stylized wave band above the foot, and a band of double grooves on the shoulder.

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