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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.682

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted mouthrim and wide foot. There are scrolling lotus flowers and leaves between a band of squared spirals at the mouthrim, a band of separated lotus flowers, classic scrolls around the foot, a roundel in the centre of the interior with a single lotus flower head and scrolling leaves, and bands of lotus flowers and leaves around the cavetto. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Diameter: 171 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Script

        Kaishu
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 682

    Bowl with underglaze blue lotus flowers


    The Xuande emperor, despite reigning for just ten years, commissioned an extraordinary variety of forms and patterns from the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. This bowl has an underglaze blue Xuande mark on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 135, pl. CXXXIV(d) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.31, no.682 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 46-47, no.682 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case17/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.682

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted mouthrim and wide foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scrolling lotus flowers and leaves between a band of squared spirals at the mouthrim and a band of separated lotus flowers. Classic scrolls around the foot. Roundel in centre interior with a single lotus flower head and scrolling leaves, with bands of lotus flowers and leaves around the cavetto. Mark on base.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted mouthrim and wide foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scrolling lotus flowers and leaves between a band of squared spirals at the mouthrim and a band of separated lotus flowers. Classic scrolls around the foot. Roundel in centre interior with a single lotus flower head and scrolling leaves, with bands of lotus flowers and leaves around the cavetto. Mark on base.

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