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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 79 millimetres
    • Diameter: 168 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Zhengde reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Zhengde mark in a double circle on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 673

    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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 127 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 139, pl. CXXXVIII(c) bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.16, no.2 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p.21, no.13 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.28, no.673, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.42, no.673, colour p.40 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.67, no.52 (left) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc19/sh8

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Porcelain bowl with flaring foot decorated in underglaze copper red. Four fish with incised detail. Mark on base.

Porcelain bowl with flaring foot decorated in underglaze copper red. Four fish with incised detail. Mark on base.

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