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Rectangular porcelain ink-slab raised on a splayed plinth, with open-work sides, partly open-work top, unglazed central panel for holding water, and deeply recessed panel for holding water. There are lotus panels on the plinth, dragons chasing pearls over waves on each side, two dragons on the top, full-faced dragon in the water-pot section, and two dragons on the base. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Width: 221 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a rectangle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Wucai ink stone
Potters decorated this openwork rectangular ink stone in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. There are lotus panels on the plinth, dragons chasing pearls over waves on each side, two dragons on the top, full-faced dragon in the water-pot section, and two dragons on the base. The base carries an underglaze blue Wanli reign mark. The writer holds a solid ink cake or stick and dissolves it into a liquid by slowly rubbing or grinding it against the smooth area of the ink stone moistened by water. As the grinding continues, more water is added and the liquid ink pools in the sunken part of the stone. Ink stones should be abrasive enough to grind the ink and smooth enough not to damage the fine hairs of the brush.
Porcelain with openwork, underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Margaret Medley 1978 records: From the John Love Collection. PDF card: Acquired before 1934. John Love Collection.
Rectangular porcelain ink-slab raised on a splayed plinth, with open-work sides and partly open-work top. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels. Lotus panels on plinth, with dragons chasing pearls over waves on each side. Two dragons on top, alongside an unglazed central panel, with another deeply recessed panel for holding water decorated with a full-faced dragon. Two dragons on recessed base, with mark in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39079
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