Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. The saucer has red enamel on the exterior. There are pale green and black bats in shaped white panels on the exterior, and a formalised medallion shaped "shou" character in red on white ground on the interior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 35 millimetres
- Diameter: 155 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Yongzheng nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty Yongzheng reign
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:
Dish with bats and iron-red glaze
This dish is of a very fine quality. It is decorated with bats flying in different attitudes and reserved on an iron-red ground. Details of the bats are finely drawn in with black enamel. Inside is a stylised character 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) in a medallion. Chinese people read an image of bats as an emblem for happiness as both the characters for bat and happiness are pronounced fu.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze iron-red and black enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD 1723–1735
On display: G95/dc32/sh6
Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. Ired red enamel on exterior, with pale green and black bats in shaped white panels. Formalised medallion shaped shou character in red on white ground on interior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
Copyright SOAS All rights reserved
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC39075
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.