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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.630

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1621-1627
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 59 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        天氣年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tianqi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Tianqi reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Tianqi mark in underglaze blue on the base
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the outside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        阿彌陀佛
      • Inscription Transliteration

        A ni tuo fo
      • Inscription Translation

        'hear us Amitabha Buddha'
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Tianqi 1621-1627Room 95 label text:

    PDF 630

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 142, pl. CXLI(a) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.20, no.630, pl.II bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.28, no.630 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.77, no.72 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 110-111, no. 47 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.630

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.

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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