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  • Museum number

    PDF.319

  • Description

    Cizhou-type stoneware figure, the bust of an emperor, with a hollow interior. The figure is cream, with the features painted in brown. There is an inscription on the back.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1368-1500 (about)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 213 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Kaishu
      • Inscription Position

        across the back
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大宋光宗皇帝
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Song Guangzong Huangdi
      • Inscription Translation

        Emperor Guangzong of the Song dynasty
      • Inscription Comment

        大宋光宗皇帝 (Da Song Guangzong Huangdi ‘ Emperor Guangzong of the Song dynasty’). Emperor Guangzong was a Southern Song emperor who was born as 趙惇 Zhao Dun. He ruled between AD 1189 and 1194.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 319

    Bust of an Emperor


    This bust is inscribed in iron-brown 大宋光宗皇帝 (Da Song Guangzong Huangdi ‘ Emperor Guangzong of the Song dynasty’). Emperor Guangzong was a Southern Song emperor who was born as 趙惇Zhao Dun. He ruled between AD 1189 and 1194. It is unclear why this stoneware bust was made.


    Stoneware, with applied decoration, cream slip and iron-brown painting
    North China 中國北部
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1368–1500

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 105, pl. C!V bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.34, no.112, pl. XIII bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case12/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.319

Cizhou-type stoneware figure, the bust of an emperor, with a hollow interior. The figure is cream, with the features painted in brown. There is an inscription on the back.

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