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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.769

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. There is a medallion enclosing an image of Liu Hai with three-legged toad in a landscape in gilt in the centre of the interior, gilt floral scrolls around the interior and exterior walls, and single blue lines at the rim and the foot. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
    • Diameter: 120 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

        Six-character Jiajing mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 769

    White bowl with kinrande decoration


    This bowl is painted in underglaze blue with a scene of Liu Hai and his three legged toad inside. Liu Hai is revered as a popular god of prosperity. The bowl is decorated inside the cavetto and outside with cut out gold foil which was 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. The base carries an underglaze blue six-character Jiajing reign mark.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 147, pl. CXLVI(a) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.28, no.68, pl. VI bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.38, no.769 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh2

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Examine deteriorated gold decoration - possibly consolidate

    Condition

    The gold although fragmentary through examination under the microscope is not moving and is not fragile.

    Treatment details

    Examined under the microscope.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.769

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. Medallion enclosing an image of Liu Hai with three-legged toad in a landscape in gilt in centre, with gilt floral scrolls around the inside and outside walls. Single blue lines at the rim and the foot. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. Medallion enclosing an image of Liu Hai with three-legged toad in a landscape in gilt in centre, with gilt floral scrolls around the inside and outside walls. Single blue lines at the rim and the foot. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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