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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.621

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted mouth rim. There are scrolling peaches and leaves in reserve against cobalt blue background on the exterior, and a peach tree, whose trunk has been shaped into the character for long life, with two lingzhi fungi at its base in reserve against cobalt blue background on the interior. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 millimetres
    • Diameter: 157 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark incised and painted in undergalze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 621

    Dish with longevity character


    This dish is decorated with a peach tree whose trunk has been transformed into a longevity character. There are further peaches around the outside of the dish. This decoration is reserved in white on a blue ground. Chinese people read peaches as an emblem of long life. The base carries an underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark beneath a blue glaze.


    Porcelain with reserved decoration on a cobalt-blue ground
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 61 and p. 313 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 37, no. 30 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.18, no.621, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.26, no.621, reign mark, p.117 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.34, no.67 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.68, no.53 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc20/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.621

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted mouth rim. Decoration in reserve against cobalt blue background. Scrolling peaches and leaves on exterior; inside with a peach tree whose trunk has been shaped into the character for long life. Two lingzhi fungi are on each side of the tree. Mark on base.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted mouth rim. Decoration in reserve against cobalt blue background. Scrolling peaches and leaves on exterior; inside with a peach tree whose trunk has been shaped into the character for long life. Two lingzhi fungi are on each side of the tree. Mark on base.

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