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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.681

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with flaring sides and deep foot. There are squared spirals at the foot and the rim, separated lotus petals on the lower part of the body, and a medallion surrounded by flower heads and an arabesque band in the centre of the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
    • Diameter: 159 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • 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 Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 681

    Bowl with underglaze blue decoration


    Inside this bowl is painted with a medallion surrounded by flower heads in the centre. As well as producing objects following the shapes of Middle Eastern dining utensils for the overseas market, Jingdezhen craftsmen made objects inspired by Middle Eastern forms and decoration to fulfil court demand for foreign ‘exotica’. This bowl has an underglaze blue 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

    • Medley 1976 p.30, no.681, pl.IV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.46, no.681 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 24-25, no.4 (top) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case17/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.681

Porcelain bowl with flaring sides and deep foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Squared spirals at foot and rim, with separated lotus petals on the lower part of the body. Medallion on inside centre surrounded by flower heads and an arabesque band.

Porcelain bowl with flaring sides and deep foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Squared spirals at foot and rim, with separated lotus petals on the lower part of the body. Medallion on inside centre surrounded by flower heads and an arabesque band.

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