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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.739

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with curving sides and everted rim, on a straight footring. There is a flower spray in Sancai-style yellow, green and pale aubergine on-biscuit enamels in the centre of the interior, and sprays of chrysanthemum, camellia, hydrangea and lotus round the walls. There are figures in a landscape on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1644-1661
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 89 millimetres
    • Diameter: 194 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 a double circle in underglaze blue on the base apocryphal
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 739

    Bowl with Buddhist figures


    Ming emperors appear to have favoured bright, colourful, schemes for their buildings, costumes and furnishings. This bowl with Buddhist figures has colours applied directly to the biscuit-fired porcelain body. This lends the enamels a darker hue than those first coated with a layer of glaze and fired before the enamels were added and the piece was fired again. The base carries an apocryphal underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark.


    Porcelain with on-the-biscuit green, yellow, aubergine and black enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Shunzhi period AD 1644–1662

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 82 and p. 316 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 149, pl. CXLVIII(a) bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.30, no.739 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.44, no.137, pl. XII bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: See "The Wares of the Ming Dynasty", p. 116 and Plate 7.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.739

Porcelain bowl with curving sides and everted rim, on a straight footring. Sancai style with yellow, green and pale aubergine on-biscuit enamels. Central flower spray on inside centre, with sprays of chrysanthemum, camellia, hydrangea and lotus round the walls. Figures in a landscape on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain bowl with curving sides and everted rim, on a straight footring. Sancai style with yellow, green and pale aubergine on-biscuit enamels. Central flower spray on inside centre, with sprays of chrysanthemum, camellia, hydrangea and lotus round the walls. Figures in a landscape on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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