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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.425

  • Description

    Porcelain 'monk's cap' ewer. The ewer has a white body and transparent grey-toned glaze. There is a lotus scroll incised on the rim, neck and spout, a cloud collar with flower spray on the shoulder, Tibetan Lance characters around the waist, a lotus panel above the foot, and ruyi motif on the handle.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 201 millimetres
    • Width: 199 millimetres
    • Depth: 137 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A425

    ‘Monk’s cap’ ewer and cover with tianbai glaze

    This vessel is incised with a Tibetan mantra around the body and with lotus flowers around the neck beneath a 甜白(tianbai ‘sweet-white’) glaze. Ewers of this shape are known as a 僧帽壺 (sengmao hu ‘monk’s cap ewer’) because the elongated spout and shaped rim resemble the stepped profile of the yellow hat of a Tibetan Lamaist monk. The Yongle emperor followed his father’s lead in restoring diplomatic relations and promoting trading missions with Tibet. He sent envoys to 江孜镇 (Gyanytse) in AD 1412–13 and employed Tibetan lamas to conduct Buddhist ceremonies for his deceased parents in the then capital Nanjing in AD 1407, 1413, 1414 and 1419.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2002 p.61, no.44 (white ewer) bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China' PROMISED

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: G. Eumorfopoulos Collection, No. C145.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.425

White porcelain 'monk's cap' ewer. Covered with transparent grey-toned glaze. Finely incised underglaze decoration: lotus scroll on rim, neck and spout, cloud collar with flower spray on shoulder, and Tibetan Lanca characters around waist. Lotus panel above foot, and ruyi motif on handle.

White porcelain 'monk's cap' ewer. Covered with transparent grey-toned glaze. Finely incised underglaze decoration: lotus scroll on rim, neck and spout, cloud collar with flower spray on shoulder, and Tibetan Lanca characters around waist. Lotus panel above foot, and ruyi motif on handle.

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