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    Porcelain bowl with brown-stained rim. The bowl has a white body and blue-toned glaze. There is a lotus scroll incised on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
    • Diameter: 195 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        On the base
      • Inscription Language

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      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shang shan fang gu
      • Inscription Translation

        Shangshan imitating the ancient
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscribed on the base 'Shang shan fang gu' (Shangshan imitating the ancient)
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A408

    Bowl with underglaze blue mark

    This white porcelain bowl has a brown-stained rim imitating copper. It is covered with a blue-tinged glaze. Outside it is incised with a lotus scroll design. On the base is a mark商山仿古 (Shang shan fang gu ‘Shangshan imitating the ancient’).

    Porcelain underglaze cobalt-blue mark, incised design and blue-tinged glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722


  • Bibliography

    • Wilson 1998 pp 82-83, no.31 bibliographic details
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White porcelain bowl with brown-stained rim. Covered with blue-toned glaze. Outside incised with lotus scroll design. Mark on base.

White porcelain bowl with brown-stained rim. Covered with blue-toned glaze. Outside incised with lotus scroll design. Mark on base.

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