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temple-vase

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.680

  • Description

    Porcelain temple-vase of bronze form with long neck, thick mouth rim, and two animal mask handles on the neck. There is a band of rocks and waves in underglaze cobalt blue rising from the base, a band of scrolling lotus leaves around the body, and a wide band with two cloud collars filled with flowers at the shoulder, below a band of plantain leaves. There is an inscription around the mouth rim.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505 (Dated 1496?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 626 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        around neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        ‘The faithful disciple Chen Biao, of the Chen family in Liren village in the Fouxian district of Raozhou prefecture in the province of Jiangxi, rejoices to send a set of three vessels, an incense burner and [two] vases, as an offering to the Guanwang Temple of Shuntian Prefecture in Beijing, in prayer for the support and protection of the whole family, that they may have peace and prosperity, and that their business affairs may flourish. Made on an auspicious day [the twentieth] in the fifth month [which corresponds to June] of the ninth year of the Hongzhi period [AD 1496] by the disciple Chen Cun’er.’
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF 680

    Temple vase with dated inscription


    This vase is modelled on a bronze form with elephant head side handles. Around the body it is decorated with lotus scroll and there is an inscription around the neck which can be translated: ‘The faithful disciple Chen Biao, of the Chen family in Liren village in the Fouxian district of Raozhou prefecture in the province of Jiangxi, rejoices to send a set of three vessels, an incense burner and [two] vases, as an offering to the Guanwang Temple of Shuntian Prefecture in Beijing, in prayer for the support and protection of the whole family, that they may have peace and prosperity, and that their business affairs may flourish. Made on an auspicious day [the twentieth] in the fifth month [which corresponds to June] of the ninth year of the Hongzhi period [AD 1496] by the disciple Chen Cun’er.’


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Hongzhi period, dated equivalent to AD 1496

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 132, pl. CXXXI bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.30, no.680 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.46, no.680 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.89, no.64 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 78-79, no. 31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case19/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.680

Porcelain temple-vase of bronze form with long neck, thick mouth rim, and two animal mask handles on the neck. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Band of rocks and waves rising from the base, with band of scrolling lotus leaves around the body. Wide band with two cloud collars filled with flowers at the shoulder, below a band of plantain leaves. Inscription around mouth rim.

Porcelain temple-vase of bronze form with long neck, thick mouth rim, and two animal mask handles on the neck. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Band of rocks and waves rising from the base, with band of scrolling lotus leaves around the body. Wide band with two cloud collars filled with flowers at the shoulder, below a band of plantain leaves. Inscription around mouth rim.

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