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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.603

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with a lobed mouth rim, three small feet and a handle of lingzhi shape. There is a floral scroll in underglaze blue on the exterior and a lingzhi shaped flower head in underglaze blue in the centre of the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 82 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 603

    Cup with longevity fungus handle


    This blue-and-white cup is modelled with a lingzhi (longevity fungus) handle. Porcelain production and the numbers of workers employed within the industry increased dramatically at Jingdezhen in the second half of the sixteenth century. To keep up with the vast demands, non-imperial kilns fired wares for the court on commission as well as for local customers and international trade. Potters made mostly blue-and-white porcelains. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised my tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.16, no.603 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.22, no.603 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 48-49, no.14 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.603

Porcelain cup with a lobed mouth rim, three small feet and a handle of lingzhi shape. Decorated in underglaze blue. Floral scroll on the outside and a lingzhi shaped flower head in the centre inside.

Porcelain cup with a lobed mouth rim, three small feet and a handle of lingzhi shape. Decorated in underglaze blue. Floral scroll on the outside and a lingzhi shaped flower head in the centre inside.

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