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  • Description

    Dehua-type porcelain vase of baluster form, with two animal marks in high relief, and rings hanging down against the body of the neck. There is an inscription in brown under the glaze on the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1639
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 288 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        On the side
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        崇禎 已 卯十二年十二月三
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Chongzhen yi mao shier nian shier yue san
      • Inscription Translation

        Made on the third day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of Chongzhen
      • Inscription Comment

        On the side an inscription 'Chongzhen yi mao shier nian shier yue san' (made on the third day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of Chongzhen [1639])
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chongzhen 1628-44Room 95 label text:

    PDF 405

    Inscribed vase modelled after a bronze vessel

    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. Body and glaze fuse perfectly in the firing. This vase is noteworthy for its dated inscription: 崇禎 已 卯十二年十二月三 日 (Chongzhen yimao shier nian shier yue san ri ‘made on the third day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of Chongzhen’ [equivalent to AD 1639])

    Porcelain with iron-brown inscription, transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Ming dynasty, dated equivalent to AD1639


  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2002 p.79, no.77 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.83, no.61 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: acquired before 1934.

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