jar / cover
Porcelain globular jar. There is a scrolling flower band of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, camellia and hibiscus, above a band of overlapping lotus petals in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior, and a lotus roundel on the lid. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 188 millimetres
- Diameter: 219 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Inscription Commentin double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
Gaibo, covered jar with flowers
This 蓋缽 (gaibo ‘covered jar’) is another porcelain form invented in the Xuande era but it originates in Islamic metal work. Iranian metalworkers made brass vessels of this form inlaid with silver, copper and gold earlier in the fourteenth century (see Gallery 34). Craftsmen travelled freely to the Chinese court from Iran when it was part of the Mongol empire during the Yuan dynasty (AD1279–1368). The covered jar is painted around the body and cover with a Chinese design of composite flower scroll with lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, camellia and hibiscus. Archaeologists have unearthed vessels of this form at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen from the Xuande strata with a range of different decorative schemes including copper-red glaze.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35
Globular porcelain jar with domed cover decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scrolling flower band of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, camellia and hibiscus, above a band of overlapping lotus petals. Lid with lotus roundel. Mark on base.
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