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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.794

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. There is a mark on the base. Pair with A793.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 63 millimetres
    • Diameter: 119 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        福壽康寧
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fu shou kang ning
      • Inscription Translation

        may good fortune and health be with you
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A794

    Bowl with gem overlay


    This bowl has a crane or heron in a lotus pond in the centre in underglaze blue and an underglaze blue mark on the base which reads福壽康寧 (fu shou kang ning ��may good fortune and health be with you’). However it is the exterior which is interesting. The bowl has been ornamented with low-grade rubies and other stones in gold mounts. Connecting the stones are interlaced gold lines. This method of decorating by first chiselling the surface and then filling in with niello and jewels follows a style popularly used by the Turkish Ottoman court to decorate jade and crystal.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue, gilding and semi-precious stones
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.28, no.70 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.37, no.77 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.75, no.A794 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1978 records: From the Lady Charlotte Schreiber Collection. PDF card: Acquired 1950. Lady Charlotte Schreiber Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.794

Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. Mark on base. Pair with A793.

Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. Mark on base. Pair with A793.

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