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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.506

  • Description

    Porcelain beaker of archaic gu form, with high spreading foot, small central bulb and wide trumpet mouth. The beaker has light turquoise blue glaze. There are five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on the neck and around the foot. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 142 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the foot
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        樞府
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shu fu
      • Inscription Translation

        Privy Council
      • Inscription Comment

        Characters 'shu' and 'fu' incised under glaze on foot
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 506

    Gu-shaped vase with five-clawed dragons


    Both the shape and glaze of these vases reflect the Kangxi emperor’s antiquarian taste. Potters modelled the form of the vase on an ancient bronze drinking vessel called a gu. Wealthy aristocrats and generals of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, (about 1600–256 BC), buried bronze vessels as part of ritual eating and drinking equipment for tombs. The shape was transformed into a vase in the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) as catalogues of collections of antiques were published with woodblock-printed illustrations. The vase is incised and covered with a turquoise glaze.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and turquoise glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.12, no.506 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.12, no.506 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc38/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.506

Porcelain beaker of archaic gu form, with high spreading foot, small central bulb and wide trumpet mouth. Light turquoise blue glaze. Five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on the neck and around the foot. Inscription on base.

Porcelain beaker of archaic gu form, with high spreading foot, small central bulb and wide trumpet mouth. Light turquoise blue glaze. Five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on the neck and around the foot. Inscription on base.

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