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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.613

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 123 millimetres
    • Diameter: 191 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Inside in the centre
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        Liu
      • Inscription Comment

        Character Liuinside in the centre
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        An 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 Comment

        44-character inscription on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 613

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 193 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 82, no. 79 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.98, no.100 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 pp 17-18, no.613, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 24-25, no.613 (colour p.44) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.613

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.

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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