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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.677

  • Description

    Circular porcelain box with domed cover. There are stylised lotus flowers in underglaze copper red with incised detail on the exterior, and a leaf pattern incised on the mouth rim of the lower half. There is a mark in underglaze cobalt blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 66 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

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

    Published PDF date : Qing 19thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 677

    Box with underglaze red lotus scroll


    The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.29, no.677 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.43, no.677 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.677

Round porcelain box for vermillion, with domed cover, decorated in underglaze copper red. Stylised lotus flowers with incised detail. Leaf pattern incised on mouth rim of lower half. Mark on base in underglaze cobalt blue.

Round porcelain box for vermillion, with domed cover, decorated in underglaze copper red. Stylised lotus flowers with incised detail. Leaf pattern incised on mouth rim of lower half. Mark on base in underglaze cobalt blue.

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