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Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body. There is a grass script deeply incised in the well and around the exterior.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 51 millimetres
- Diameter: 154 millimetres
Inscription PositionInterior and exterior
Inscription Content天子呼不來,自稱 酒中仙
Inscription TransliterationTianzi hu bulai, zicheng jiu zhong xian
Inscription TranslationDisregarding the Emperor's wishes and calling himself an immortal of the Wine-cup
Inscription CommentInscribed on the interior from a poem by Du Fu, 'Tianzi hu bulai, zicheng jiu zhong xian' (disregarding the Emperor's wishes and calling himself an immortal of the Wine-cup). Inscribed on the exterior, a poem by Li Bai
Room 95 label text:
Bowl with inscribed Tang dynasty poems
Learning to write poetry was an important part of education in China. Some of the finest poetry was written in Classical Chinese in the Tang dynasty. The most famous of these are李白Li Bai (AD 701–762) and 杜甫 Du Fu (AD 712–70). Li Bai retreated from court life. About 1,100 of his poems survive today. He was famous for his untrammelled spirit and love of wine. Du Fu is celebrated as a poet of Chinese history. This bowl is incised with a Li Bai poem inside and one by Du Fu outside.
Porcelain with incised decoration and transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Ming dynasty or Qing dynasty, about AD 1600–1700
On display: G95/dc34/sh1
PDF card: S. D. Winkworth Collection. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 27th April 1933. Purchased at Sotheby's, 25th-26th April 1933. Bluett's purchased this pair of bowls at Sotheby's, 25th-26th April 1933, from the Stephen D. Winkworth Collection Sale. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 14, p.206, Lot 184. £8.10.
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Object reference number: RRC39358
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