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  • Museum number

    PDF.644

  • Description

    Circular porcelain box with rounded sides and flat lid. The box is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There are lotus and floral scrolls in underglaze cobalt blue on the cover, and scrolls and leaves on the lower part of box. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 23 millimetres
    • Diameter: 63 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character archaistic Jiajing mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 644

    Blue-and-white boox


    The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.22, no.644 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.31, no.644 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.644

A circular box for vermilion, in 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with rounded sides and flat lid. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Lotus and floral scrolls on cover; scrolls and leaves on lower part of box. Mark on base.

A circular box for vermilion, in 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with rounded sides and flat lid. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Lotus and floral scrolls on cover; scrolls and leaves on lower part of box. Mark on base.

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