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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.693

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with high straight sides and everted mouth rim. There are vertical panels with alternating spotted and white deer against rocks and plants in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior, vertical panels with plants and ornamental rocks on the interior, and a roundel of a deer in the centre of the interior.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 75 millimetres
    • Diameter: 150 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 693

    Kraak bowl with deer


    This bowl is painted outside with eight panels framing spotted female deer in different attitudes with stylised rocks and leafy plants. Deer are a popular symbol of longevity in China. Kraak-type bowls like this were made for more than three decades in great quantities and were exported throughout the globe to America, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Whole or parts of such bowls have been recovered from several shipwrecks including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch vessels.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.33, no.693 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.38, no.83 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.72, no.59 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 50-51, no.693 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 94-95, no. 39 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.693

Porcelain bowl with high straight sdes and everted mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Vertical panels on exterior with alternating spotted and white deer against rocks and plants. Similar panels on interior with plants and ornamental rocks, with a roundel of a deer in the centre.

Porcelain bowl with high straight sdes and everted mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Vertical panels on exterior with alternating spotted and white deer against rocks and plants. Similar panels on interior with plants and ornamental rocks, with a roundel of a deer in the centre.

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