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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.426

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195 millimetres
    • Width: 178 millimetres
    • Depth: 140 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        around middle
      • Inscription Language

        Tibetan
      • Inscription Comment

        Prayer
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A426

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 79 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.65, no.35 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case40/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.426

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.

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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