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Porcelain double bowl with rounded sides and a hole in the base. There is a scene, from the 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' (Sanguo Yanyi), of Guanyu seated at a table accompanied by a sleeping guard in underglaze cobalt blue on the interior, and four seated men on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 77 millimetres
- Diameter: 145 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationBeiquan jiaqi
Inscription TranslationFine vessel of Beiquan
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white warming bowl with figures
This bowl has a liner dish set into the top and a hole in the bottom. It is painted with a scene from the 三國演義(san guo zhi yan yi ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’). This historical novel was written by Luo Guanzhong in the fourteenth century, based upon events in the turbulent years of the fall of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period (about AD 169–280). Potters at Jingdezhen used a wider range of figural subjects in the sixteenth century than in earlier times. Although most potters would have been illiterate, this increase in the diversity of figural scenes may indirectly be a response to the wider circulation of illustrated woodblock-printed stories, novels and plays written in the easier to understand vernacular, as opposed to classical, Chinese. The mark on the base reads 北泉佳器 (Beiquan jia qi ‘Fine vessel of Beiquan). Beiquan was the style name of Lan Tian ( AD 1477–1555) a civil official.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1540–1600
Porcelain double bowl with rounded sides and a hole in the base, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. A scene from the 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' (Sanguozhi Yangi) on interior of Guanyu seated at a table accompanied by a sleeping guard. Four seated men on exterior. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39004
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