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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.572

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of ancient bronze zun form with depressed globular body. Covered with pale celadon glaze of bluish tone fading to white at mouth-rim. Base also covered with celadon-type glaze, with inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 180 millimetres
    • Diameter: 195 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Yongzheng seal mark
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF B572

    Vase modelled after an ancient bronze vessel


    Both the shape and glaze of this vase reflects the Yongzheng emperor’s antiquarian taste. Potters modelled the form of the vase on an ancient bronze wine vessel called a zun. Wealthy aristocrats and generals of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, (about 1600–256 BC), buried bronze vessels as part of ritual eating and drinking equipment for tombs. The shape was transformed into a vase in the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) as catalogues of collections of antiques were published with woodblock-printed illustrations. The celadon glaze evokes both Northern Song Ru and Southern Song guan glazes.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and celadon glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng seal mark and period, AD1723–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.55, no.B572 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.56, no.B572 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.572

Porcelain vase of ancient bronze zun form with depressed globular body. Covered with pale celadon glaze of bluish tone fading to white at mouth-rim. Base also covered with celadon-type glaze, with inscription.

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