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  • Museum number

    PDF.620

  • Description

    Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. There is a diaper band in underglaze cobalt blue round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum in underglaze cobalt blue round the neck, a band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems in underglaze cobalt blue on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls, large scrolling flowers on the body, and lappets on the lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1320-1350
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 394 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 620

    Large guan jar with phoenixes and flowers


    Jingdezhen, a town in the southern province of Jiangxi, is one of the world’s earliest industrial towns. No other kiln complex can claim such a long and continuous history lasting some one thousand years. Jingdezhen blue-and-white porcelain is one of the world’s most influential ceramic types, sparking local copies across the globe. This porcelain guan jar has animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Around the neck is a band of auspicious emblems with phoenixes and flowers beneath. The main band shows large scrolling flowers, and stylised petals around the foot. The base and foot ring are unglazed.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Yuan dynasty, about AD1320–1350

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 120, pl. CXIX bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.18, no.620 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 18-19, no.2 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 25-26, no.620 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case16/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'Found in Constantinople. There is a similar jar in the Old Seraglio Collection.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.620

Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Diaper band round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum round the neck; band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls. Large scrolling flowers on body, and lappets on lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Diaper band round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum round the neck; band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls. Large scrolling flowers on body, and lappets on lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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