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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.524

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl in the form of five moulded bats, four bats with head down on the exterior, and the fifth with head upwards and wings stretched. The bowl has iron red enamel over felspathic glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1900
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 78 millimetres
    • Diameter: 157 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 524

    Bowl in the form of five modelled bats


    This porcelain bowl is moulded in the form of five bats. Five bats are a Chinese visual pun standing for the Five Blessings. These 五福 (wufu ‘Five Blessings) are 康 (kang ‘good health’); 壽 (shou ‘long life’) 富 (fu ‘wealth’), 德 (de ‘virtue’) and 考终命 (kao zhong ming ‘a natural death in old age’). The bowl is covered with an iron-red glaze.


    Porcelain with transparent and iron-red glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.15, no.524 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.15, no.524 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc36/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.524

Porcelain bowl in the form of five modelled bats. Iron red enamel over felspathic glaze. Four bats with head down on the outside, and the fifth with head upwards and wings stretched.

Porcelain bowl in the form of five modelled bats. Iron red enamel over felspathic glaze. Four bats with head down on the outside, and the fifth with head upwards and wings stretched.

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