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  • Museum number

    PDF.718

  • Description

    Porcelain box of inverted T shape with shallow upper and lower sections. There is a sage on a deer-like animal with a servant boy in underglaze blue outlines with overglaze red, green, yellow, aubergine and black enamels on the lid, and floral scrolls on sides. There is an inscription and seals on left side, and a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15 millimetres
    • Width: 70 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the cover
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        梅小処書
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Mei Xiaochu shu
      • Inscription Translation

        Written by Mei Xiaochu
      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        正德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Zhengde reign.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 718

    Box with inscription


    On the top of this box is a figure riding on a deer accompanied by a servant. There is a four-character inscription reading梅小処書 (Mei Xiaochu shu ‘Written by Mei Xiaochu’) written vertically in black on the cover and two red seals. There is a four-character Zhengde mark in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, AD 1600–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.48, no.157 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 24-25, no.718 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.718

Porcelain rouge box of inverted T shape with shallow upper and lower sections. Underglaze blue outlines with overglaze red, green, yellow, aubergine and black enamels. Sage on a deer-like animal with a servant boy; floral scrolls on . Inscription and seals on left side, mark on base.

Porcelain rouge box of inverted T shape with shallow upper and lower sections. Underglaze blue outlines with overglaze red, green, yellow, aubergine and black enamels. Sage on a deer-like animal with a servant boy; floral scrolls on . Inscription and seals on left side, mark on base.

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