Porcelain fish bowl with slightly rounded sides, thickened rim and a flat base. There are scenes of ducks and herons on a riverbank and waves wirth lotus and waterweeds in wucai style with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamel on the exterior, overlapping petals around the base, and a band of scrolls at the rim. There is a mark in underglaze blue at the interior rim.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 378 millimetres
- Diameter: 552 millimetres
- Weight: 32.3 kilograms
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionbelow the rim
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Longqing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Longqing reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Longqing mark written horizontally in underglaze blue inside below the rim
Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:
Large vat for fish and aquatic plants
The Longqing emperor ruled for just six years. During his reign, the imperial kilns were supervised by a succession of local magistrates with no official staying in post for long. Jingdezhen suffered severe flooding during his reign and in AD1571 the kilns were devastated by fire. Potters fired this large vat twice painting some of the design in underglaze blue and then firing it again with overglaze red, yellow, aubergine and green to complete the design. The Longqing emperor used such vats as aquaria and to grow water plants. Scenes of ducks swimming on a river or in a pond are shown on one side with herons preening themselves on the other and lotus and other water plants between.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Longqing period, AD1567–72There is an identical vat in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh A.1919.406
Reason for analysis
Sampling and analysis of paint? On a 'fish bowl' in the PDF collection (PDF.778)
Analysis reference number
PDF card: Acquired from Yamanaka in 1931.
Porcelain fish bowl with slightly rounded sides, thickened rim and a flat base. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels. Scenes of ducks and herons on a riverbank and waves wirth lotus and waterweeds around the outside. Overlapping petals around the base and a thickened band of scrolls at the rim. Mark on inside near the rim in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39110
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