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  • Museum number

    PDF.601

  • Description

    Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim. There is a band of lingzhi fungi in underglaze blue below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers in underglaze blue on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly in underglaze blue on the body. The base is glazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1425
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 340 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 601

    Bottle with butterflies and daylilies


    Potters painted flowering daylily plants on either side of this pear-shaped 玉壺春瓶yuhuchun ping each with a butterfly hovering above. In China, heavily-perfumed lilies traditionally symbolise harmony and unity. Their naturalistic depiction here is influenced by ink and colour small-format paintings. The design is extremely rare among surviving Chinese porcelains and very skilfully executed. Each blade-like leaf and the petal edges are outlined with a denser blue and in filled with a paler blue wash. Similarly gradations of blue are achieved in the depiction of the butterfly. This extraordinarily accomplished control of the underglaze cobalt pigment is a characteristic of the finest Yongle blue-and-white wares.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 119, pl. CXVIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 27, no. 21 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.15, no.601, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 21-22, no.601 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 58-61, no.28 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case56

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.601

Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim.  Decorated in underglaze blue. Band of lingzhi fungi below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly on the body.  Glazed base.

Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Band of lingzhi fungi below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly on the body. Glazed base.

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