Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides, straight rims and small foot rings. There are four large characters in grass style script in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 59 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationTianqi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Tianqi reign
Inscription CommentFour-character Tianqi mark in underglaze blue on the base
Inscription PositionOn the outside
Inscription TransliterationA ni tuo fo
Inscription Translation'hear us Amitabha Buddha'
Published PDF date : Ming Tianqi 1621-1627Room 95 label text:
Set of five cups with inscriptions
As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to the Middle East, Europe and Japan. These cups are table wares which were made in sets of five for Japanese clients. On the outside they are each painted with the inscription 阿彌陀佛 (A ni tuo fo ‘hear us Amitābha’). The Amitābha Buddha is the main Buddha in China. The bases have four-character underglaze blue Tianqi reign marks.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Tianqi mark and period, AD 1621–1627
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: Acquired from the Bonze of the Todaiji Monastery, Nara. PDF card: An abbot of Todaiji Monastery at Nara in Japan.
Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides, straight rims and small foot rings. Decorated on the outside in underglaze cobalt blue with four large characters in grass style script. Each with a mark on the glazed base.
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Object reference number: RRC38967
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