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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.785

  • Description

    Miniature porcelain jar of globular form. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, green and black enamels. Design of blue fish swimming over green and white waves on yellow ground. Stylised lotus panels around rim in red, green and black. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28 millimetres
    • Diameter: 43 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark in a double circle in blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A785

    Miniature jar with blue fish on a yellow ground


    Potters fired this tiny jar twice. Once to fix the underglaze blue fish and again for the polychrome waves, yellow ground and detailing around the neck. They also added an apocryphal Jiajing reign mark to the base. Chinese people regard fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamel decoration in wucai style
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.48, no.153 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.74, no.A785 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.785

Miniature porcelain jar of globular form. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, green and black enamels. Design of blue fish swimming over green and white waves on yellow ground. Stylised lotus panels around rim in red, green and black. Mark on base.

Miniature porcelain jar of globular form. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, green and black enamels. Design of blue fish swimming over green and white waves on yellow ground. Stylised lotus panels around rim in red, green and black. Mark on base.

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