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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.142

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with cream crackled glaze. There is an incised peonies on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 87 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        石林
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shilin
      • Inscription Translation

        Stone forest
      • Inscription Comment

        Two characters 'shilin' (stone forest) incised on base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 142

    Cup with incised lotuses and inscription


    Potters incised this cup with a pattern of lotuses – a Chinese symbol of purity. The base carries an incised inscription 石林 (Shi Lin ‘Stone Forest’). Craftsmen 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. The cup 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 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 1980 p.27, no.77 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc11/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.142

Porcelain cup with cream crackled glaze. There is an incised peonies on the exterior.  There is an inscription on the base.

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