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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.461

  • Description

    Porcelain vase in the form of an archaic bronze 'gu' with a wide flaring mouth, long slender neck, rounded centre and with a wide spreading foot. The vase has light blue tinged glaze. There is an incised design of banana leaf panel on the neck.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 223 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清乾隆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign
      • Inscription Comment

        apocryphal Qianlong mark
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 461

    Vase modelled on an ancient bronze vessel called a gu


    This porcelain gu vase is incised with leaves around the neck and is covered with a clear glaze with a blue-tinge. On the base is a six-character, underglaze blue, apocryphal Qianlong seal mark.


    Porcelain with incised decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and clear glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.94, no.81 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.95, no.105 (white vase) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case45/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.461

Porcelain vase in the form of an archaic bronze 'gu' with a wide flaring mouth, long slender neck, rounded centre and with a wide spreading foot.  The vase has light blue tinged glaze. There is an incised design of banana leaf panel on the neck.

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