Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. There are cranes, clouds, waves and lingzhi fungus in underglaze cobalt blue reserve and four reserved quatrefoil panels with single characters on the exterior, and a roundel with single character for long life (shou) in the centre of the interior. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 48 millimetres
- Diameter: 77 millimetres
Inscription Transliterationfu lu kang ning
Inscription Translation'good fortune and prosperity be with you'
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white bowl with characters
Potters decorated this bowl with auspicious emblems including cranes, clouds, waves and lingzhi (longevity fungus). Inside is a single character 壽(shou ‘long life’). Outside the four separate characters make a good luck phrase 福祿康寧 fu lu kang ning 'good fortune and health be with you'). The base carries an underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark. As with many Chinese emperors before him, the Jiajing emperor (reigned AD 1522–66) was obsessed with his own immortality. Potters decorated many types of imperial porcelains with emblems of longevity or other auspicious motifs.
Porcelain decorated in underglaze cobalt blue
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566
Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Cranes, clouds, waves and lingzhi fungus in reserve on exterior, with four reserved quatrefoil panels with single characters. Roundel on inside centre with single character for long life (shou). Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39005
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