Porcelain bowl with flaring foot. There are four fish in underglaze copper red with incised detail on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 79 millimetres
- Diameter: 168 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationZhengde nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Zhengde reign
Inscription CommentFour-character Zhengde mark in a double circle on the base
Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with copper-red fishes
This bowl is decorated with four fish in underglaze red with incised details such as their scales. Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu. In the sixteenth century, mostly potters at Jingdezhen substituted underglaze copper-red with overglaze iron-red which was much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. On the base is a four-character Zhengde reign mark in underglaze blue in a double ring.
Porcelain with incised decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–1521
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Object reference number: RRC39007
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