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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.689

  • Description

    Porcelain pear-shaped vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim. There are two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse, in underglaze cobalt blue on the body of the vase, a narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background topped with plantain leaves at the neck. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 302 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        hare mark reserved in white against a band of blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 689

    Blue-and-white vase with fountains


    The main design on this blue-and-white bottle vase derives from a European print. It features a kneeling horse with a fountain on one side and an elephant with a fountain on the other. Portuguese merchants established direct trade with China in the early sixteenth century. They traded Chinese porcelain which was a treasured commodity in Europe. Most of the ceramics they imported were ordinary underglaze blue painted wares but some items copied European metalwork or ceramics’ shapes and others had designs taken from European sources such as prints, coins, or textiles.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 144 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 74, no. 74 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.29, no.48 (mark p.47 (50)) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.32, no.689, pl.IV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 49-50, no.689 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc22/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.689

Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.

Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.

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