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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.581

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with slightly curving sides. The bowl has coffee-brown slightly iridescent glaze. There is an incised key-fret border on the interior rim, with a rock and flower spray in a double ring in the centre. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1644-1661
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 59 millimetres
    • Diameter: 172 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Xuande mark. Investigate underglaze inscription inside
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 581

    Bowl with coffee-brown glaze


    This bowl is covered with a coffee-brown glaze. The base bears an apocryphal Xuande mark. Inside is an incised inscription written in two lines of seven characters with three characters at the end.


    Porcelain with incised inscription, underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and brown glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Shunzhi period, AD 1644–1661

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.25, no.581 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.26, no.581 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case46/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.581

Porcelain bowl with slightly curving sides. Coffee-brown slightly iridescent glaze. Incised key-fret border on the inside rim, with a rock and flower spray in a double ring in the centre. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain bowl with slightly curving sides. Coffee-brown slightly iridescent glaze. Incised key-fret border on the inside rim, with a rock and flower spray in a double ring in the centre. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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