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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.109

  • Description

    Ding-type stoneware square brush-washer with eight lobed sides and a copper-bound mouth rim. Cream glaze. Three rams among clouds moulded in the centre, with arabesque leaf scrolls on the interior panels and a band of key-fret, and a narrow scroll on the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Width: 135 millimetres
    • Depth: 135 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        中矩自成方三羊義寓陽佳哉開泰運久矣息寒芒物每重[于]後品知那有常一時聊寄興五字亦成章乾隆丙申御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhong ju zi cheng fang san yang yi yu yang jia zai kai tai yun jiu yi xi han mang wu mei chong hou pin zhi na you chang yi shi liao ji xing wu zi yi cheng zhang. Qianlong bingshen yu ti.
      • Inscription Translation

        The vessel is rectangular and would fit into a chu (carpenter’s square)
        The three goats thereon symbolize the yang principle.
        A beautiful object that 'unfolds the prospects of good fortune!'
        Long since have the disfiguring awns ceased to matter.
        For time enhances the value of all things.
        And there is no unchanging measure of their worth.
        Moved by the passing spirit of my thoughts.
        I improvise this verse, five words to a line.
        Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year bingshen (AD 1776).
      • Inscription Comment

        Qianlong inscription Hobson 1934, p. 107 translation
        This is found in :集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/四集卷三十三
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        幾暇怡情
      • Inscription Transliteration

        jixia yiqing
      • Inscription Translation

        Clearing the mind after the myriad of state affairs
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        得佳趣
      • Inscription Transliteration

        de jiaqu
      • Inscription Translation

        obtaining refined enjoyment
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 109

    Square brush-washer with three goat design


    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 Ding-type brush-washer has eight-lobed sides and a copper-bound mouth rim. Inside it has a moulded design of three rams or goats among clouds, with arabesque leaf scrolls in the cavetto. 三羊(san yang ‘three goats [or rams]’) is a popular New Year motif in China. There is an incised and gilded Qianlong inscription on the base which reads: 中矩自成方三羊義寓 陽佳 哉開泰運久矣息寒芒物每重[于]後品知那有常一時聊寄興五字亦成章乾隆丙申御題 (Zhong ju zi cheng fang san yang yi yu yang jia zai kai tai yun jiu yi xi han mang wu mei chong hou pin zhi na you chang yi shi liao ji xing wu zi yi cheng zhang. Qianlong bingshen yu ti. 'The vessel is rectangular and would fit into a ju (carpenter’s square), The three goats thereon symbolize the yang principle. A beautiful object that 'unfolds the prospects of good fortune!' Long since have the disfiguring awns ceased to matter. For time enhances the value of all things. And there is no unchanging measure of their worth. Moved by the passing spirit of my thoughts. I improvise this verse, five words to a line. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year bingshen (AD 1776)'). Two seals at the end of the inscription read 幾暇怡情 (jixia yiqing ‘Clearing the mind after the myriad of state affairs’) and 得佳趣 de jiaqu (‘obtaining refined enjoyment’).


    Underfired porcelain with moulded decoration and a transparent glaze
    China 中國
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1522–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 101, pl. C bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 pp 23-24, no.61, pl. VIII bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.109

Ding-type stoneware square brush-washer with eight lobed sides and a copper-bound mouth rim. Cream glaze. Three rams among clouds moulded in the centre, with arabesque leaf scrolls on the interior panels and a band of key-fret, and a narrow scroll on the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

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