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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.606

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with straight sides and a low foot ring. There is a peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze copper red on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 75 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        正德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Zhengde reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Zhengde mark on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF 606

    Cup with three copper-red fruits


    This cup is decorated with three fruits: a peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze red. The three fruits symbolise the Three Abundances: long life, happiness and children. In the sixteenth century, mostly potters at Jingdezhen substituted underglaze copper-red with overglaze iron-red which was much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. On the base is a four-character Zhengde reign mark in underglaze blue in a double ring.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–1521

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 139, pl. CXXXVIII(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.16, no.606 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.23, no.606 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc19/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.606

Porcelain cup with straight sides and a low foot ring.  A peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze copper red on exterior.  Mark on base.

Porcelain cup with straight sides and a low foot ring. A peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze copper red on exterior. Mark on base.

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