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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 84 millimetres
- Diameter: 155 millimetres
Inscription Positionaround rim
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli shiwu nian meng xia yue ji ri dan Chen Tongshan zhi yong chuang
Inscription TranslationMade 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].
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39000
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