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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 60 millimetres
- Diameter: 120 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Jiajing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Jiajing mark in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
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
9 February 2009
Reason for treatment
Examine deteriorated gold decoration - possibly consolidate
The gold although fragmentary through examination under the microscope is not moving and is not fragile.
Examined under the microscope.
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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Object reference number: RRC39101
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