Porcelain tile. The tile has a white body and transparent glaze. Where exposed to firing , the body is reddish brown.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 37 millimetres
- Width: 188 millimetres
- Depth: 149 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
White porcelain brick
This white porcelain brick is L shaped and glazed on one side only. It was ordered as building material for the Da Bao’en si in Zhubaoshan outside Nanjing. The Yongle emperor ordered this tower and temple to be built as a memorial to his dead parents. Construction began in AD 1412 and the main structure of the tower was completed in AD 1419 and the temple finished in AD 1431. The pagoda was nine stories high and was known in Europe as the Porcelain Pagoda because of these bricks used as a building material. Before it was destroyed in the Taiping Rebellion in AD 1853–54 it was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Porcelain with transparent glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, about AD 1412-1419
PDF card: Gift of H. R. N. Norton
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Object reference number: RRC39355
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