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Porcelain brush-washer in globular form with three low feet. The brush-washer has yellowish glaze. There are incised ruyi heads around the rim. There is an inscription on the base.
- Height: 42 millimetres
- Diameter: 64 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Song Xining nian zao
Inscription TranslationMade in the Xining period of the Great Song dynasty [AD 1068–77].
Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Incense burner with inscription modelled on a bronze vessel
This three legged incense burner is modelled on a Chinese bronze vessel. Many incense burners of this form were made in white porcelain at the Dehua kilns in Fujian province but the body material is rather different and they are higher-fired. This porcelain vessel is slightly under-fired and has a creamy colour. It is inscribed on the base 大宋熙寧年製 (Da Song Xining nian zhi ‘Made in the Xining period of the Great Song dynasty [AD 1068–77]’). Emperor Shenzong (lived AD 1048–1085) was the sixth emperor of the Song dynasty. The periods within his reign are known as 熙寧Xining [AD 1068–77] and元豐Yuanfeng [AD 1078–1085]. He was thought to have been a gifted reformer of social policy within China.
Underfired porcelain with incised and moulded decoration and a transparent glaze
Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
Qing dynasty, AD 1662–1722
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Object reference number: RRC38586
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