jar / cover
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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 121 millimetres
- Diameter: 106 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription CommentOn the base, the character 'tian' (heaven)
Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39323
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