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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.792

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with everted mouth rim, tapeing sides, and straight, low footring. There are four medallions of linghzi fungus with floral frames in Doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and yellow enamel on the exterior, and double lines on the mouth and footring. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47 millimetres
    • Diameter: 74 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Wanli mark in a double rectangle in overglaze red partly concealing a six-character Chenghua mark in a similar rectangle in underglaze blue on the base.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:

    PDF 792

    Doucai cup with linghzi fungus


    Four 靈芝 (lingzhi ‘longevity fungi’) are painted in medallions in underglaze blue and in-filled in overglaze enamels around the outside of this small cup. Coloured enamels of the Chenghua period are lighter and more delicately applied than these. Archaeologists’ discovery of a rubbish heap of a large number of broken and rejected genuine Chenghua porcelains at the imperial kiln site at Jingdezhen revolutionised scholars’ knowledge of patterns and forms of doucai . This example was made in the sixteenth rather than the fifteenth century. It has a six-character Wanli mark in a double rectangle in overglaze red partly concealing a six-character Chenghua mark in a similar rectangle in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 130, pl. CXXIX(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p. 15, no.10, pl. II bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.48, no.792 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 72-73, no. 27 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Previous owner: H. R. N. Norton Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.792

Porcelain cup with everted mouth rim, tapeing sides, and straight, low footring. Doucai style decoration with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels. Four medallions of linghzi fungus with floral frames on exterior, with double lines on the mouth and footring. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain cup with everted mouth rim, tapeing sides, and straight, low footring. Doucai style decoration with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels. Four medallions of linghzi fungus with floral frames on exterior, with double lines on the mouth and footring. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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