Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body. There is a Buddhist emblem in 'anhua' slip. There is a mark on the inside.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 64 millimetres
- Diameter: 197 millimetres
- Diameter: 63 millimetres (base)
Inscription CommentFour-character Yongle mark in the well.
Published PDF date : Ming Yongle or QingRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with hidden decoration of Buddhist emblems
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 anhua decoration and transparent glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–1424
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Object reference number: RRC39318
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