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Porcelain 'monk's cap' ewer. The ewer has a white body and transparent grey-toned glaze. There are lotus scrolls incised on the exterior, Eight Buddhist Emblems around the body, and Ruyi motif on the handle. The base is unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 195 millimetres
- Width: 178 millimetres
- Depth: 140 millimetres
Inscription Positionaround middle
Published PDF date : Ming Yongle 1403-1424Room 95 label text:
Monk’s cap ewer with ‘sweet white’ glaze
Patronage of the Yongle emperor stimulated the creation of some of the finest white porcelains ever made with a unique lustrous quality. This ewer is incised and covered with a 甜白(tianbai ‘sweet-white’) glaze. Potters were able to fire tianbai porcelains at a higher temperature as they have a higher proportion of kaolin in the clay than earlier white wares and a reduced amount of limestone in the glaze. Ewers of this shape are known as a 僧帽壺 (sengmao hu ‘monk’s cap ewer’) (case 61). The Yongle emperor ordered the ewers for Buddhist ceremonies to mourn his parents. The ewer has a Tibetan prayer incised around the middle.
Porcelain with incised decoration and transparent glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD1403–1424
On display: G95/dc40/sh5
White porcelain 'monk's cap' ewer. Covered with transparent grey-toned glaze. Finely incised underglaze decoration with lotus scrolls in various forms, and Eight Buddhist Emblems around body. Ruyi motif on handle. Cover undecorated and base unglazed.
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Object reference number: RRC39320
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