Dehua porcelain round box. The box has creamy glaze. There is an Arabic inscription carved into the recessed unglazed cover panel, and an incised debased lotus scroll around the exterior. The recessed base is partially glazed.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 58 millimetres
Inscription Positionon lid
Inscription TranslationThere is no God but Allah. Muhammad is the apostle of God
Room 95 label text:
Box with an Arabic inscription
This box has a cover with the Arabic inscription 'There is no God but Allah. Muhammad is the apostle of God'. The cover and box do not belong together but have been later matched. The lower half of the box is incised with lotus flowers. They were both made in the 1600s at theDehua kilns in Fujian province. Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by figures and vessels with a granular sugary white body and either a blue tinged or creamy white glaze. The pure whiteness of these ceramics is due to the relative absence of iron impurities in the body - indeed the clay used contains only half a percent of ferric oxide. Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine.
Porcelain with carved decoration and transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
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Object reference number: RRC38773
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