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flower-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.11

  • Description

    Jun ware lobed flower-pot. The flower-pot has a grey-brown body with pale blue glaze on the interior and purple glaze on the exterior with 'earthworm' marks caused by splitting. There are five holes cut into the base and two inscriptions incised into glaze on the base after firing along with chinese numeral wu (five).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1368-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 174 millimetres
    • Diameter: 261 millimetres
    • Diameter: 128 millimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        芝蘭室用
      • Inscription Transliteration

        zhi lan shi yong
      • Inscription Translation

        for use in the Iris and Orchid Chambers
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        重華宫
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhong hua gong
      • Inscription Translation

        Palace of Cherished Glory
      • Inscription Comment

        In the Forbidden City
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        wu
      • Inscription Translation

        five
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song-Jin 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A11

    Lobed flower pot


    If the inscription incised into the base is to be relied on, this flower pot was used probably by the Qianlong emperor (r. AD 1736–95), to decorate the Iris and Orchid Chambers芝蘭室用 (Zhilan shi yong ‘for use in the Iris and Orchid Chambers’) within the 重華宫 (Zhonghua Gong ‘Palace of Cherished Glory’) of the Forbidden City. This palace was part of the emperor’s private quarters. The flower pot was incised before firing with the character 五wu, meaning five, on the base and is drilled with five holes for drainage. Originally it would have rested on a matching six-lobed saucer.


    Stoneware body covered in blue and purple glazes with olive-green on base
    Numbered or Official Jun ware官鈞窯
    Juntai, Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣, 鈞台
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1368–1435

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 29 and p. 308 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p 52-53, no.A11 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.27, no.A11 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 48-49, no.21 (p.94, mark on base) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-7

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450' PROMISED

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.11

Jun ware lobed flower-pot. Grey-brown stoneware body covered in pale blue glaze inside and purple glaze outside with 'earthworm' marks caused by splitting. Five holes cut into base and two inscriptions incised into glaze on the base after firing along with chinese numeral wu (five).

Jun ware lobed flower-pot. Grey-brown stoneware body covered in pale blue glaze inside and purple glaze outside with 'earthworm' marks caused by splitting. Five holes cut into base and two inscriptions incised into glaze on the base after firing along with chinese numeral wu (five).

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