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Porcelain bowl with thick rounded sides and a low foot ring with a slightly recessed base. The bowl has mottled blue glaze with an orange peel texture on the exterior. There is an inscription in the centre under a colourless glaze.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 115 millimetres
- Diameter: 252 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionIn the centre inside the bowl
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double ring (to be checked) in the inside
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Dice bowl with ‘snowflake blue’ glaze
The Xuande emperor, despite reigning for just ten years, commissioned an extraordinary variety of forms and patterns from the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. Both the deep shape and glaze of this bowl used in a dice-throwing game were an innovation of his reign. Potters covered the outside with a blown-on, low temperature, lead-fluxed glaze coloured by cobalt oxide. Chinese connoisseurs called this glaze雪花藍 (xuehualan ‘snowflake blue’ ) to poetically describe the mottled white splodges which resemble snowflakes amid the tones of blue. Surviving examples are very rare.
Porcelain with underglaze blue mark, ‘snowflake blue’ and transparent glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
Porcelain bowl with thick rounded sides and a low foot ring with a slightly recessed base. Mottled blue glaze with an orange peel texture on exterior. Inscription on centre under a colourless glaze.
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Object reference number: RRC38948
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