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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.203

  • Description

    Brown porcellaneous stoneware vase with bulbous body and wide spreading foot and trumpet mouth. The vase has a thin brown glaze all over except flat base. There are incised lines running around shoulders and waist, and an inscription on the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500-1644
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 140 millimetres
    • Diameter: 66 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        exterior
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        一色杏花香十里
        月明花下美人来
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yi se xinghua xiang shi li
        yueming hua xia meiren lai
      • Inscription Translation

        The fragrance of apricot blossom spreads for ten li,
        in the moonlight, beautiful ladies walk beside the flowers
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming dynasty 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A203

    Flower vase with inscription


    This vase has a globular body, trumpeting neck and spreading foot which is a typical Ming dynasty shape. The base is flat and unglazed. It is incised with a poetic inscription which reads: 一色杏花香十里月明花下美人來 Yi se xing hua xiang shi li; yue ming, hua xia mei ren lai. 'The fragrance of apricot blossom spreads for ten li [a li is a third of a mile]; in the moonlight, beautiful ladies walk beside the flowers’.


    Stoneware with incised lines and inscription and olive-brown glaze,
    China 中國
    Ming dynasty, about 1500–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.37, no.115 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.54, no. A203 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.203

Brown porcellaneous vase with bulbous body and wide spreading foot and trumpet mouth. Thin brown glaze all over except flat base. Incised lines running around shoulders and waist, and inscription on body.

Brown porcellaneous vase with bulbous body and wide spreading foot and trumpet mouth. Thin brown glaze all over except flat base. Incised lines running around shoulders and waist, and inscription on body.

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