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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.760

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted rim, with a slightly tapered footring deeply undercut inside. There is a man on a flowery bank with a waterfall within a double circle in overglaze red, green, yellow, purplish brown and turquoise enamel in the centre of the interior, and three men on horseback and a boy servant heading towards a pavillion amid stars and clouds on the exterior. There is a mark in overglaze red on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500 (Circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 95 millimetres
    • Diameter: 221 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming period
      • Inscription Comment

        in overglaze red inside a double square on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF 760

    Bowl with three riders on horseback and their servant


    This bowl has an iron-red mark on the base which reads大明年製 (Da Ming nian zhi ‘Made in the Ming dynasty’.) This mark was introduced in the sixteenth century as the scale of production at Jingdezhen mushroomed.


    Porcelain with overglaze red, green and yellow, aubergine and turquoise enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 55 and p. 312 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.17, no.18 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.35, no.760 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 32-33, no. 7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1934.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.760

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted rim, with a slightly tapered footring deeply undercut inside. Overglaze red, green, yellow, purplish brown and turquoise enamels. Man on a flowery bank with a waterfall within a double circle on inside centre; three men on horseback and a boy servant heading towards a pavillion amid stars and clouds on exterior. Mark on base in overglaze red.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted rim, with a slightly tapered footring deeply undercut inside. Overglaze red, green, yellow, purplish brown and turquoise enamels. Man on a flowery bank with a waterfall within a double circle on inside centre; three men on horseback and a boy servant heading towards a pavillion amid stars and clouds on exterior. Mark on base in overglaze red.

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