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wine-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.427

  • Description

    Porcelain wine pot, with chain attaching the cover to the pot. The wine-pot has a white body and grey-toned glaze. There is a cloud collar incised on the cover, a classic scroll on the spout, and lotus scroll on the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 124 millimetres
    • Width: 120 millimetres
    • Depth: 85 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Yongle 1403-1424Room 95 label text:

    PDF A427

    Wine pot and cover with tianbai glaze


    White is the colour of mourning in China. The Yongle emperor ordered many white porcelain vessels from Jingdezhen with a 甜白tianbai (sweet white) glaze. These were intended for Buddhist ceremonies to mourn his father, the late Hongwu emperor and the late emperor’s wife. By holding such ceremonies, the Yongle emperor reinforced his legitimacy to reign. He personally attended these services to offer incense. Tianbai porcelains have a lustrous quality simply not achieved before or after the Yongle period. Ceramicists have discovered that tianbai wares have a far higher proportion of kaolin in the clay than earlier white wares and a reduced amount of limestone in the glaze, so that potters were able to fire them at a higher temperature.


    Porcelain with transparent (tianbai ) glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 113 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case61

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.427

White porcelain wine pot. Covered with grey-toned glaze. Finat incised design, with cloud collar on the cover, classic scroll on the spout and lotus scroll on the body. A chain attaches the cover to the pot.

White porcelain wine pot. Covered with grey-toned glaze. Finat incised design, with cloud collar on the cover, classic scroll on the spout and lotus scroll on the body. A chain attaches the cover to the pot.

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