Porcelain beaker of ancient bronze ku form. Moulded relief decoration imitating that of an ancient bronze vessel, with confronted dragons round central bulb and leaves above and below. Covered with opaque green enamel, except for foot ring. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B529.
- Height: 205 millimetres
- Diameter: 140 millimetres
Inscription CommentQianlong mark and period
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
Gu-shaped beaker with dragons
Both the shape and glaze of these vases reflect the Qianlong emperor’s antiquarian taste. Potters modelled the form of the vase on an ancient bronze drinking vessel called a gu. 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 opaque green glaze is a low-fired glaze invented after AD 1720.
Porcelain with moulded decoration and opaque green glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795
Margaret Medley 1975, records: Elphinstone Gift. PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift
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Object reference number: RRC39799
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