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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.624

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with flaring sides, straight mouth rim and low foot formed by a recessed base. There is a floral scroll of peonies, chrysanthemums and lotuses in underglaze blue on the exterior, and a lotus flower and scrolls of stylised leaves in underglaze blue on 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: 126 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base in a double circle
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

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

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

    PDF 624

    Blue-and-white bowl with a prayer

    Inside this bowl is decorated with six Tibetan/Sanskrit characters. The inscription is written in the cavetto, 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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 167 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.19, no.624, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.35, no.70 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 26-27, no.624 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.624

Porcelain bowl with flaring sides, straight mouth rim and low foot formed by a recessed base. Decorated in underglaze blue Floral scroll of peonies, chrysanthemums and lotuses on exterior, a lotus flower and scrolls of stylised leaves on interior. Mark on base. .

Porcelain bowl with flaring sides, straight mouth rim and low foot formed by a recessed base. Decorated in underglaze blue Floral scroll of peonies, chrysanthemums and lotuses on exterior, a lotus flower and scrolls of stylised leaves on interior. Mark on base. .

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