Miniature porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. There are two birds on a peach branch and two on a peony branch in underglaze blue on the exterior, and two bands of pseudo-Sanskrit characters on the cavetto with a roundel containing a pseudo-Sanscrit character in the centre. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 25 millimetres
- Diameter: 48 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in underglaze blue in a double circle on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white bowl with birds perched on branches
This miniature bowl has contrasting decoration inside and outside. Outside it is decorated with birds perched on flowering branches and inside with Tibetan/Sanskrit characters. The inscription is written in concentric circles, rather like a prayer inside a Tibetan prayer wheel. As the bowl is rotated, the prayer is released. The base carries a Wanli reign mark in underglaze blue.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Miniature porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Two birds on a peach branch and two on a peony branch on exterior, and two bands of pseudo-Sanskrit characters on the cavetto with a roundel containing a pseudo-Sanscrit character in the centre. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38963
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