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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.534

  • Description

    Porcelain gourd vase with rectangular lower bulb, and rounded upper bulb with tapering neck. The vase has green enamel over a white felspathic glaze, white glazed base. There are traces of gilt peony scrolls on the upper and lower sections.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 285 millimetres
    • Width: 160 millimetres
    • Depth: 158 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 534

    Gourd-shaped sheng vase


    The gourd-shaped sheng vase is covered with a bright green glaze ground and with cut out gold foil which was incised and fired at a low temperature. This decorative technique is known by the Japanese term 金襴手 (kinrande 'gold brocade style’). The gold wears away from the porcelain which is why so much of the detail is missing.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, green glaze and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing period, AD1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 144, pl. CXLIII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.17, no.534 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.17, no.534 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc26/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.534

Porcelain gourd vase with rectangular lower bulb, and rounded upper bulb with tapering neck. The vase has green enamel over a white felspathic glaze, white glazed base. There are traces of gilt peony scrolls on the upper and lower sections.

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