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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.404

  • Description

    Porcelain cup in the form of a water buffalo head on a wooden stand. The cup has a white body and a blue-toned glaze. There are ears, horns and rope in relief and carved facial features.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1900
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 132 millimetres
    • Width: 114 millimetres
    • Depth: 85 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A404

    Model of a buffalo head


    This porcelain cup is modelled as a buffalo with a bridle. Cups in the form of animal heads were first made in ceramic in the Tang dynasty (AD 618–906), inspired by Middle Eastern metalwork forms. The buffalo is one of the twelve zodiacal animals in China and represents, for example, the calendar years 2009 and 2021.


    Porcelain with relief carving and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Location

    G95/case40/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.404

White porcelain cup in the form of a water buffalo head, with ears, horns and rope in relief and carved facial features. Covered in blue-toned glaze. Inside glazed. Rests on a wooden stand.

White porcelain cup in the form of a water buffalo head, with ears, horns and rope in relief and carved facial features. Covered in blue-toned glaze. Inside glazed. Rests on a wooden stand.

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