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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.135

  • Description

    Cizhou-type stoneware model of a bell. The model has transparent glaze. There are the Eight Trigrams and their corresponding characters applied on the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1450-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 174 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Kaishu
      • Inscription Position

        on exterior
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        乾,巽, 坎, 艮,坤,震,離,兌
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qian, kan, gen, zhen, xun, li, kun and dui
      • Inscription Translation

        Heaven, Water, Mountain, Thunder, Wind, Fire, Earth and Lake [the names of the Eight Trigrams].
      • Inscription Comment

        The eight trigrams are: 乾 Qian "Heaven;" 巽 Xun "Wind;" 坎Kan, "Water;" 艮Gen, "Mountain;" 坤Kun "Earth," 震 Zhen "Thunder," 離 Li, "Fire;" and 兌 Dui, "Lake."
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : MingRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 135

    Model of a bell


    This stoneware model of a bell has the design inked onto the bell beneath the glaze. The glaze does not fit to the body well and much of it has been lost. It is decorated with a design of Eight Trigrams and their corresponding characters. The handle is modelled as a bear. The Eight Trigrams are arguably the most familiar symbols associated with Daoism. Trigrams, which are made up of combinations of three broken and unbroken parallel lines are the basis for the sixty-four hexagrams of the 易經 (Yijing ‘Book of Changes’). The sixty-four hexagrams are interpreted to make sense of the world, its history and its future. The eight trigrams are captioned with their names: 乾 Qian "Heaven;" 巽 Xun "Wind;" 坎Kan, "Water;" 艮Gen, "Mountain;" 坤Kun "Earth," 震 Zhen "Thunder," 離 Li, "Fire;" and 兌 Dui, "Lake." Margaret Medley (AD 1918–2000) noted that the bell was excavated under Japanese supervision in what is now Liaoning province.


    Stoneware with inked design, moulded and incised decoration, slip and a transparent glaze
    Possibly Liaoning province 遼寧省
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1450–1620PDF 135

    白釉鐘


    此鐘模制,釉下有墨彩圖案。胎釉結合不好,釉面多有剝落,裝飾八卦紋及相關文字,提手呈熊形。八卦或許是道教最為人熟知的符號。卦象以三條或連或斷的平行線組成,《易經》中的六十四卦象也是以此發展而來。卦象能夠解讀古代對世界過去、現在以及未來的理解。八卦即乾(天)、巽(風)、坎(水)、艮(山)、震(雷)、坤(地)、離(火)、兌(湖)。瑪格麗特•麥德利(Margaret Medley,1918-2000年)指出,此鐘出土于曾被日軍佔領過的今遼寧省。


    炻器,墨彩,模制,劃花,帶化妝土,透明釉
    可能是遼寧省
    明代,約1450-1620年

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 104, pl. CIII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 pp 22-33, no.57, pl. VIII bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc12/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Moriya Collection, Kyoto.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.135

Cizhou-type stoneware model of a bell.  The model has transparent glaze. There are the Eight Trigrams and their corresponding characters applied on the body.

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