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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.324

  • 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
      • Inscription Position

        On neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        祥符
      • 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:

    PDF 324

    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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  • Bibliography

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

    G95/case36/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.324

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

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