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  • Museum number

    PDF.783

  • Description

    Octagonal ovoid porcelain jar with thickened mouth rim. There are eight rectangular panels, each containing a cartouche panel with an inscription, in overglaze red, green and yellow enamel with kinrande gilding on the body, eight panels, each containing a ruyi lappet, on the shoulder, and a lotus scroll panel around the foot.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 383 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the panels
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        福如東海, 壽比南山
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fu ru Donghai, shou bi Nanshan
      • Inscription Translation

        Happiness as vase as the Eastern Sea, longevity like that of the Southern Mountains
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscription reading Fu ru donghai, shou bi nanshen (Happiness as deep as the Eastern sea, longevity like that of the Southern Mountain) in gold on the panels
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 783

    Hexagonal jar with kinrande decoration


    This polychrome jar is decorated with areas of overglaze iron-red enamel over which potters have placed cut out gold foil which they then incised and fired at a low temperature. This decorative technique is known by the Japanese term 金襴手('kinrande gold brocade style’). The gold wears away from the porcelain which is why so much of the detail is missing from this wine ewer. There is an inscription which reads福如東海, 壽比南山(Fu ru donghai, shou bi nanshen ‘Happiness as deep as the Eastern sea, longevity like that of the Southern Mountains’) in gold on the panels.


    Porcelain with overglaze red, turquoise and green enamels, and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing to Wanli reign, about AD1522–1600

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 136 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 137, pl. CXXXVI bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.109, Fig.2 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.27, no.65a bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.41, no.89 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.45, no.783 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.783

Octagonal ovoid porcelain jar with thickened mouth rim. Kirande style gilded decoration with overglaze red, green and yellow enamel. Designs of the Eight Emblems in eight rectangular panels on the body; ruyi lappets on the shoulder, and eight cartouche panels with inscriptions; lotus scroll panel around the foot.

Octagonal ovoid porcelain jar with thickened mouth rim. Kirande style gilded decoration with overglaze red, green and yellow enamel. Designs of the Eight Emblems in eight rectangular panels on the body; ruyi lappets on the shoulder, and eight cartouche panels with inscriptions; lotus scroll panel around the foot.

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