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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.632

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with round sides, straight rim, low foot and convex base. There are groups of children playing amid rocks and flowers and carrying banners, lotus leaves, vases, a trumpet and a qin, in a pencilled style in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior, and rocks, bamboo and ruyi-shaped clouds in a roundel on interior. There is an inscription on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        京兆 郡壽房記
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Jingzhao Jun Shoufang ji
      • Inscription Translation

        Mark of the Longevity Room of the Capital
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 632

    Bowl with boys playing and an inscription


    Potters have decorated this bowl with scenes of boys playing. Chinese people regard genre scenes of boys playing as auspicious, representing a wish for many sons. There is a two-line inscription on the base which reads京兆郡壽房記 (Jingzhao Jun Shoufang ji ‘Mark of the Longevity Room of the Capital’].


    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

    • Hobson 1934 p. 134, pl. CXXXIII(a) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.20, no.632 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.28, no.632 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 28-29, no.4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.632

Porcelain bowl with round sides, straight rim, low foot and convex base. Decorated in a pencilled style in underglaze cobalt blue. Groups of children playing amid rocks and flowers and carrying banners, lotus leaves, vases, a trumpet and a qin on the exterior. Rocks, bamboo and ruyi-shaped clouds in a roundel on inside. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl with round sides, straight rim, low foot and convex base. Decorated in a pencilled style in underglaze cobalt blue. Groups of children playing amid rocks and flowers and carrying banners, lotus leaves, vases, a trumpet and a qin on the exterior. Rocks, bamboo and ruyi-shaped clouds in a roundel on inside. Inscription on base.

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