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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.429

  • Description

    Porcelain jar with flat cover. The jar has a white body and grey-toned glaze. There is a dragon chasing a flaming pearl incised around the body, and a diamond shape with ribbons (one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems) on the cover. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1735-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 121 millimetres
    • Diameter: 106 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tian
      • Inscription Translation

        Heaven
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base, the character 'tian' (heaven)
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A429

    Jar and cover with incised design


    The base of this jar is marked with the character 天 (tian ‘heaven’). This mark was used first in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua period (AD 1465–87) but only on jars. It may refer to the emperor himself who was called the Son of Heaven or perhaps it indicated the jar was to be used for a specific ritual or ceremonial purpose involving a celebration of heaven. This jar is an eighteenth century variant of a Ming dynasty form.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, incised design and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1735–95

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  • Location

    G95/dc40/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.429

White porcelain jar with flat cover. Covered with grey-toned glaze. Faint incised design of a dragon chasing a flaming pearl around the body, and diamond shape with ribbons (one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems) on cover. Mark on base.

White porcelain jar with flat cover. Covered with grey-toned glaze. Faint incised design of a dragon chasing a flaming pearl around the body, and diamond shape with ribbons (one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems) on cover. Mark on base.

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