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Porcelain vase of gourd shape. The vase is brown with grey areas. There is an inscription on the neck.
- Height: 109 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn neck
Inscription Transliterationxiang fu
Inscription Translationauspicious symbol
Inscription CommentTwo characters 'xiang fu' (auspicious symbol) incised on neck
Room 95 label text:
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
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Object reference number: RRC38741
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