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Porcelain vase in the form of an archaic bronze 'gu', with flaring mouth, globular centre and spreading foot. The vase has white crazed glase, except in the area around the foot ring.
- Made in: China (South)
- Height: 248 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Chenghua nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Chenghua reign of the Ming dynasty
Room 95 label text:
Gu shaped vase
Potters modelled the form of this 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 base carries an incised apocryphal Chenghua reign mark.
Underfired porcelain with incised and moulded decoration and a transparent glaze
Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
Qing dynasty, AD 1800–1900
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Object reference number: RRC38797
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