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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.622

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with straight sides slightly flared at the rim. There is a roundel with a woman and child on a terrace in underglaze blue in the centre of the interior. There is an inscription on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 63 millimetres
    • Diameter: 122 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明隆慶年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Longqing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Longqing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Longqing mark in underglaze blue on the base.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Outside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        Inscription
      • Inscription Translation

        The cuckoo sings through the night unceasingly. Take heed lest the silk worms have not leaves enough. The waning moon sinks through the willows before the house. The pretty girls continue to dance and sing, and have not returned.
      • Inscription Comment

        28-character inscription on the outside.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:

    PDF 622

    Blue and white bowl with inscription


    Longqing (AD1567–72) ceramics are particularly rare as the emperor only reigned for six years. Stylistically they relate closely to Jiajing and Wanli imperial wares. The inscription on this bowl is a poem and has been translated: ‘The cuckoo sings through the night unceasingly. Take heed lest the silk worms have not leaves enough. The waning moon sinks through the willows before the house. The pretty girls continue to dance and sing, and have not returned’.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–1572

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 143 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 135, pl. CXXXIV(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.19, no.622, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.26, no.622 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.34, no.68 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.81, no.72 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 90-91, no. 37 (BOWL) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc20/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.622

Porcelain bowl with straight sides slightly flared at the rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Roundel with a woman and child on a terrace on inside centre. Inscription on exterior.

Porcelain bowl with straight sides slightly flared at the rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Roundel with a woman and child on a terrace on inside centre. Inscription on exterior.

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