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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain vase of gourd shape. The vase is brown with grey areas. There is an inscription on the neck.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1900
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 109 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        On neck
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        xiang fu
      • Inscription Translation

        auspicious symbol
      • Inscription Comment

        Two characters 'xiang fu' (auspicious symbol) incised on neck
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

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    Double gourd vase with inscription

    This double gourd vase has two characters incised around the neck which read 祥符 (xiang fu). Connoisseurs in China, Europe and Japan have developed a sophisticated vocabulary for describing monochrome porcelains. For example the flecked-green wares such as these are called ‘tea-dust’ glazed wares. The glaze is coloured by iron-pigments.

    Porcelain with tea-dust glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1800–1900


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.38, no.129 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc36/sh9

  • Acquisition name

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Porcelain vase of gourd shape. The vase is brown with grey areas. There is an inscription on the neck.

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