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  • Museum number

    PDF.267

  • Description

    Yue stoneware cylindrical box with domed lid. The box has grey-green glaze on interior and exterior. There are incised scrolls on upper and lower sides, with ribbon motifs on top. There is an inscription on the lid.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 10thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 67 millimetres
    • Diameter: 126 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        福壽延長
      • Inscription Transliteration

        fu shou yan chang
      • Inscription Translation

        Good fortune and long life for a long time
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Five Dynasties-Northern Song 10th-early 11th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 267

    Box with an incised inscription


    This round stoneware box is incised with scrolls on the tray and cover, and on the top with four ribbon designs encircling a round Chinese coin motif with the inscription 福壽延長 (fu shou yan chang ‘Good fortune and long life for a long time’). The Yue glaze is thin and grey-green typical of 10th century production.


    Stoneware with incised decoration and inscription and grey-green glaze
    Yue ware 越窯
    Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
    Five Dynasties, AD 907–960

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 2 and p. 305 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.11, no.10 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.37, no.18 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.44, no.267 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc2/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.267

Yue stoneware cylindrical box with domed lid. The box has grey-green glaze on interior and exterior. There are incised scrolls on upper and lower sides, with ribbon motifs on top. There is an inscription on the lid.

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