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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 63 millimetres
- Diameter: 122 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Longqing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Longqing reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Longqing mark in underglaze blue on the base.
Inscription TranslationThe 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 Comment28-character inscription on the outside.
Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC38960
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