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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. There are two phoenixes among flower scrolls in underglaze blue on the exterior, and a roundel with a single flower within a double circle in underglaze blue on the interior. One of a pair with PDF 614.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 68 millimetres
    • Diameter: 121 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 615

    Blue-and-white bowl with phoenixes

    Cobalt pigment used for imperial wares during the second half of the sixteenth century has a distinctive strong, dark, and even tone. Here it is used skilfully to depict phoenixes among lotus flowers. The base carries a Jiajing reign mark in underglaze blue.

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


  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 135, pl. CXXXIV(a) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.18, no.615 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.25, no.615 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc20/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Kawasaki Collection, Kobe. PDF card: Kawasaki Collection, Kobe, Japan

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