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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.518

  • Description

    Porcellaneous stoneware wine-jar of guan form, with ovoid body. The wine-jar has a gilt copper-bound mouthrim. The wine-jar has finely crazed turquoise glaze. There is an inscription on the shoulder.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1600-1700
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 335 millimetres
    • Diameter: 316 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the shoulder
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        内府供用
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Neifu gongyong
      • Inscription Translation

        For use in the Palace
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 15th-16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 518

    Vase with turquoise glaze


    This vase is inscribed 内府故宮供用 (nei fu gong yong ‘For use in the Inner Palace’) and covered with a low-temperature turquoise glaze.


    Porcelain with turquoise glaze and metal rim
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming to Qing dynasty, about AD 1600–1700

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 48 and p. 311 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 110, pl. CIX bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.14, no.518, pl. II bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.14, no.518, pl. II bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.66, no.36 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.76, no.70 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.90, no.86 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case28/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.' PDF card: Imperial Palace Collection, Peking

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.518

Porcellaneous stoneware wine-jar of guan form, with ovoid body and gilt copper-bound mouth rim. Finely crazed turquoise glaze. Inscription on shoulder.

Porcellaneous stoneware wine-jar of guan form, with ovoid body and gilt copper-bound mouth rim. Finely crazed turquoise glaze. Inscription on shoulder.

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