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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.467

  • Description

    Dehua porcelain cup in the shape of a carved rhinoceros horn cup. The cup has a white body and clear glaze. There is a qilin looking up at a bat, moon, and pine branches in relief under the rim. The base is unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1644-1700
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Width: 147 millimetres
    • Depth: 110 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A467

    Cup with mythical beast


    Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by figures and vessels with a granular sugary white body and either a blue tinged or creamy white glaze. The pure whiteness of these ceramics is due to the relative absence of iron impurities in the body - indeed the clay used contains only half a percent of ferric oxide. Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine. This cup is modelled on a carved rhinoceros horn cup and has relief decoration of a mythical creature called a qilin.


    Porcelain with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1644–1700

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 224 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc34/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Gift.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.467

White Dehua porcelain cup in the shape of a rhinoceros horn. Covered with cream white glaze. Relief design of a 'Kylin' looking up at a bat and moon, with pine branches under the rim. Base unglazed.

White Dehua porcelain cup in the shape of a rhinoceros horn. Covered with cream white glaze. Relief design of a 'Kylin' looking up at a bat and moon, with pine branches under the rim. Base unglazed.

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