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ink-stone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.692

  • Description

    Circular porcelain ink-slab with a channel around the top, and a recessed base. The ink-slab has an unglazed area in the centre of the top. There are classic scrolls in reserve against an underglaze cobalt blue ground. There is an inscription on the base in underglaze blue with traces of gold pigment.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620 (?)
    • 1580 (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31 millimetres
    • Diameter: 112 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        上宮天水郡萬曆八年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shanggong Tianshui jun wanli banian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the eighth year of Wanli [AD1580] at Shanggong in Tianshui County
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli AD 1580Room 95 label text:

    PDF 692

    Ink stone with inscription


    This ink stone is inscribed 上宮天水郡萬曆八年製 (Shanggong Tianshui jun Wanli banian zhi ‘made in the eighth year of Wanli [AD1580] at Shanggong in Tianshui County’).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, dated equivalent to AD 1580

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.50, no.692 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.98, no.74 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 pp 32-33, no.692 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 50-51, no.15 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.692

Porcelain ink-slab with circular unglazed area in the centre surrounded by a channel, on a recessed base, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Classic scrolls in reserve against a blue ground. Inscription on base in underglaze blue with traces of gold pigment.

Porcelain ink-slab with circular unglazed area in the centre surrounded by a channel, on a recessed base, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Classic scrolls in reserve against a blue ground. Inscription on base in underglaze blue with traces of gold pigment.

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