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alms-bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.665

  • Description

    Porcelain alms bowl with rounded sides and no foot. There are four individual flower sprays of prunus, peony, chrysanthemum and lotus in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior. There is an inscription below the mouthrim between double and single lines.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1587
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 84 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        around rim
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬曆拾伍年盂夏月吉日旦陳桐山置用刅
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli shiwu nian meng xia yue ji ri dan Chen Tongshan zhi yong chuang
      • Inscription Translation

        Made to the order of Chen Tongshan on an auspicious day of the first Summer month of the fifteenth year of the Ming reign of the Wanli emperor [AD 1587].
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 665

    Blue-and-white alms bowl


    Potters painted this alms bowl outside with the four seasonal flowers. These are peony (spring), lotus (summer), chrysanthemum (autumn) and prunus (winter). Around the rim is a dedicatory inscription which reads 大明萬曆拾伍年盂夏月吉日旦陳桐山置用刅 (Da Ming Wanli shiwu nian meng xia yue ji ri dan Chen Tongshan zhi yong chuang ‘Made to the order of Chen Tongshan on an auspicious day of the first Summer month of the fifteenth year of the Ming reign of the Wanli emperor [AD 1587]). By donating this porcelain bowl to a Buddhist or Daoist monastery or temple Chen Tongshan gained publically acknowledged merit.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, date equivalent to AD 1587

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.27, no.665 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.32, no.60 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.39, no.665 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.99, no.75 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 52-53, no.16 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 98-99, no. 41 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc22/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.665

Porcelain alms bowl with rounded sides and no foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Four individual flower sprays of prunus, peony, chrysanthemum and lotus on exterior, with an inscription between double and single lines below the mouthrim.

Porcelain alms bowl with rounded sides and no foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Four individual flower sprays of prunus, peony, chrysanthemum and lotus on exterior, with an inscription between double and single lines below the mouthrim.

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