Porcelain basin with rounded sides, slightly flaring mouth rim, and wide, straight foot. There is a scene in underglaze blue of Budai Heshang reclining under a tree on a terrace, with children approaching him with goods and instruments. There is a mark in the centre and an inscription incised on the base under the glaze.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 123 millimetres
- Diameter: 191 millimetres
Inscription PositionInside in the centre
Inscription CommentCharacter Liuinside in the centre
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TranslationAn inscription for Li Gongding of Zhengzuo. Casting off the conventions of life, with boundless enjoyment. Watching his grandon teaching the classics, with great satisfaction. May he have for eternity, dutiful sons and grandsons, as a tree has its leaves. The noble family of Li has endured for a hundred generations. Wu Zhijing of Congren (county) pays the compliment.
Inscription Comment44-character inscription on the base
Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Incense burner with a scene of Budai Heshang
Potters painted this incense burner with a representation of 布袋和尚 (Budai heshang ‘cloth sack monk’). He is generally depicted as here with a smiling face, elongated ear lobes and a fat protruding belly. He generally holds rosary beads and carries a cloth bag. He is also known as the laughing Buddha. He is in fact 彌勒佛 (Maitreya ‘the Buddha of the future’). Inside there is a character Liu (a surname) in the centre. On the base is a forty-four-character dedicatory inscription.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1644
On display: G95/dc24/sh9
Porcelain basin with rounded sides, slightly flaring mouth rim, and wide, straight foot. Decorated in underglaze blue. Scene of Budai Heshang reclining under a tree on a terrace, with children approaching him with goods and instruments. Mark in centre and inscription incised on the base under the glaze.
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Object reference number: RRC38954
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