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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.774

  • Description

    Porcelain double gourd vase with rectangular lower section, narrow waist, pear shaped upper section, and recessed base. There are scrolls in overglaze red and green enamel on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base, which has white glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Jiajing
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 774

    Gourd-shaped vase with red lotus scroll and a green ground


    As with many Chinese emperors before him, the Jiajing emperor (reigned AD 1522–66) was obsessed with his own immortality. Although potters created some new shapes, they also repeated decorative motifs or forms invented in the early fifteenth century such as this gourd-shaped vase. The base carries a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing emperor.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, red and green overglaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 84, no. 83 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.19, no.12 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.24, no.52, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.43, no.774 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc26/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1934.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.774

Porcelain double gourd vase with rectangular lower section, narrow waist, and pear shaped upper section. Scrolls in overglaze red and green enamels. Mark in underglaze blue on white glazed recessed base.

Porcelain double gourd vase with rectangular lower section, narrow waist, and pear shaped upper section. Scrolls in overglaze red and green enamels. Mark in underglaze blue on white glazed recessed base.

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