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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.803

  • Description

    Fine white glass vase, imitating porcelain and overlaid with dark blue glass which has been cut away in cameo fashion. Design of two medallions of five bats in flight surrounding a 'shou' character.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On sides
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shou
      • Inscription Translation

        Longevity
      • Inscription Comment

        Unmarked. Character Shou on sides of vase.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF A803

    Glass vase with bats


    This small opaque, white, glass vase is decorated with overlaid blue glass bats. Bats are a visual pun for happiness and five bats are a visual pun for the Five Happinesses 'wufu' - wishes for wealth, health, longevity, a virtuous life and a natural death in old age. The vase is also decorated with stylised 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) characters. The blue-and-white palette evokes porcelains painted in underglaze blue made at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province.


    Overlaid glass
    Beijing 北京
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong period AD 1736-1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.29, no.A803 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.46, no.A803 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.803

Fine white cameo glass vase, imitating porcelain and overlaid with dark blue glass which has been cut away in cameo fashion. Design of two medallions of five bats in flight surrounding a 'shou' character.

Fine white cameo glass vase, imitating porcelain and overlaid with dark blue glass which has been cut away in cameo fashion. Design of two medallions of five bats in flight surrounding a 'shou' character.

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