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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.633

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with slightly rounded sides, straight rim and high, straight foot. There are three phoenixes flying among peony scrolls in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior, and a roundel containing a floral spray in a double ring in underglaze cobalt blue in the centre of the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1553
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 63 millimetres
    • Diameter: 118 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        癸丑年造
      • Inscription Transliteration

        guizhou nian zao
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the guichou [cyclical] year AD 1553
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 633

    Blue-and-white bowl with phoenixes


    This bowl is painted in underglaze blue with three phoenixes flying among peony scrolls outside and with a roundel containing a floral spray inside. The base carries the inscription癸丑年造 (guizhou nian zao ‘made in the [cyclical] guizhou year’). Cyclical years occur every sixty years. Judging by the Jiajing style decoration and cobalt colour, this bowl should be dated equivalent to the year AD 1553.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1553

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 135, pl. CXXXIV(c) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.21, no.633, pl.II bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 28-29, no.633 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc22/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.633

Porcelain bowl with slightly rounded sides, straight rim and high, straight foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Three phoenixes flying among peony scrolls on the outside, and a roundel containing a floral spray in a double ring in the centre inside. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl with slightly rounded sides, straight rim and high, straight foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Three phoenixes flying among peony scrolls on the outside, and a roundel containing a floral spray in a double ring in the centre inside. Inscription on base.

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