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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 57 millimetres
- Width: 119 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Jiajing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Jiajing mark in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
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
Margaret Medley 1978 records: From the Kawasaki Collection. PDF card: Acquired via Hayashi in 1928, Lot 266, 1.981 yen. Kawasaki Collection, Japan
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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Object reference number: RRC39065
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