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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.625

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, flaring lip and a foot ring formed by a recessed base. There are two groups of four figures, scholars accompanied by servant boys, seperated by pine trees, in underglaze blue on the exterior, and a carp among waterweeds enclosed in a double circle in the centre of the interior. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40 millimetres
    • Diameter: 115 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynast, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Wanli mark in underglaze blue in a double circle on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 625

    Blue-and-white bowl with figures


    There are two groups of four figures, scholars accompanied by servants, separated by pine trees, in underglaze blue on the outside, and a carp among waterweeds inside. Cobalt pigment used for imperial wares during the second half of the sixteenth century has a distinctive strong, dark, and even tone.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.19, no.625 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.27, no.625 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.625

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, flaring lip and a foot ring formed by a recessed base. Decorated in underglaze blue. On exterior, two groups of four figures separated by pinetrees, representing scholars accompanied by servant boys in the countryside. A carp among waterweeds enclosed in a double circle on inside centre. Mark on base.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, flaring lip and a foot ring formed by a recessed base. Decorated in underglaze blue. On exterior, two groups of four figures separated by pinetrees, representing scholars accompanied by servant boys in the countryside. A carp among waterweeds enclosed in a double circle on inside centre. Mark on base.

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