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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.733

  • Description

    Square porcelain bowl with flared sides and everted rim. There is a double square enclosing a character in wucai-style underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, aubergine and black enamels on the centre of the interior, a band of fungus scroll just below the interior rim, panel on exterior with children at play in a landscape, and a classic scroll band at the rim, enclosed by parallel lines. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 57 millimetres
    • Width: 119 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 733

    Wucai square bowl with children playing


    Potters decorated this bowl in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. Chinese people regard genre scenes of children playing as auspicious, representing a wish for many sons. The base carries an underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.20, no.18 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.24, no.50, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.74, no.64 (square bowl) bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 28-29, no.733 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc27/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1978 records: From the Kawasaki Collection. PDF card: Acquired via Hayashi in 1928, Lot 266, 1.981 yen. Kawasaki Collection, Japan

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.733

Square porcelain bowl with flared sides and everted rim. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, aubergine and black enamels. Double square on inside centre enclosing a character, band of fungus scroll just below the rim. Red outlined panel on exterior with children at play in a landscape, with floral motifs. Classic scroll band in red at the rim, enclosed by blue parallel lines. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Square porcelain bowl with flared sides and everted rim. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, aubergine and black enamels. Double square on inside centre enclosing a character, band of fungus scroll just below the rim. Red outlined panel on exterior with children at play in a landscape, with floral motifs. Classic scroll band in red at the rim, enclosed by blue parallel lines. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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