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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.716

  • Description

    Porcelain square dish with flaring sides and slightly everted rim. There are is a pine tree, prunus, bamboo and lingzhi fungus in underglaze blue against a yellow overglaze enamel ground within a square panel in the centre. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 millimetres
    • Width: 229 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • 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 716

    Square dish


    Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. There is a Jiajing reign mark in underglaze blue on the base. The iron-pigmented yellow colour has been added in a second lower-temperature firing surrounding the underglaze blue.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 132 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.24, no.716 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.26, no.60 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 66-67, no. 24 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case21/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.716

Square porcelain dish with flaring sides and slightly everted rim. Underglaze blue against a yellow overglaze enamel ground. Pine tree, prunus, bamboo and lingzhi fungus within a square panel in the centre. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Square porcelain dish with flaring sides and slightly everted rim. Underglaze blue against a yellow overglaze enamel ground. Pine tree, prunus, bamboo and lingzhi fungus within a square panel in the centre. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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