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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.449

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 248 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nianzhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Chenghua reign of the Ming dynasty
      • Inscription Comment

        Apocryphal
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 449

    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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  • Location

    G95/case11/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.449

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.

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