What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by

Searching...

bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.670

  • Description

    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.

    More 

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1540-1560
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 77 millimetres
    • Diameter: 145 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        北泉佳器
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Beiquan jiaqi
      • Inscription Translation

        Fine vessel of Beiquan
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 670

    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

    More 

  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 150 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 60, no. 56 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.28, no.670 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.42, no.670, colour p.41 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 46-47, no.13 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.670

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.

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.

Copyright SOAS All rights reserved

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: RRC39004

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...