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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.635

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with short sides, everted rim and recessed base with no foot ring. There are two birds amid branches in underglaze cobalt blue on exterior, and a butterfly, a grasshopper, chrysanthemums and bamboo branches on the interior. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Diameter: 98 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        博物齋藏
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Bo wu zhai cang
      • Inscription Translation

        Collection of the Studio of Many Things
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character square mark in a double circle reading Bowu zhai cang [Collection of the Studio of Many things] on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli ca. 1600Room 95 label text:

    PDF 635

    Blue-and-white bowl a grasshopper


    This bowl is painted in underglaze blue with a grasshopper inside and with an underglaze blue inscription on the base. This four-character square mark reads博物齋藏 (Bowu zhai cang [Collection of the Studio of Many Things]).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p.15, no.4 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.21, no.635, pl.II bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.29, no.635 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.32, no.61 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 60-61, no.20 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.635

Porcelain bowl with short sides, everted rim and recessed base with no foot ring. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two birds amid branches on exterior, and a butterfly, a grasshopper, chrysanthemums and bamboo branches on the inside. Mark on base.

Porcelain bowl with short sides, everted rim and recessed base with no foot ring. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two birds amid branches on exterior, and a butterfly, a grasshopper, chrysanthemums and bamboo branches on the inside. Mark on base.

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