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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.799

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides, straight rim, and tapering flared foot. There are two cranes on either side of a pine tree, with prunus blossoms and bamboo in red, turquoise, ochre, green, aubergine and black overglaze enamel on the interior, and two fruiting peach branches on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1621-1627
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33 millimetres
    • Diameter: 144 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Xuande mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early-mid 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 799

    Dish with a pair of cranes


    Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. The cranes are an emblem of long life. There is a four-character apocryphal Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue mark on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1621–1627

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 188 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.43, no.131 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.50, no.799, colour p.63 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case29/sh6

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.799

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides, straight rim, and tapering flared foot. Red, turquoise, ochre, green, aubergine and black overglaze enamels. Two cranes on either side of a pine tree, with prunus blossoms and bamboo on inside. Two fruiting peach branches on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides, straight rim, and tapering flared foot. Red, turquoise, ochre, green, aubergine and black overglaze enamels. Two cranes on either side of a pine tree, with prunus blossoms and bamboo on inside. Two fruiting peach branches on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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