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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.777

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. On interior, in underglaze blue, a double vajra with Tibetan character 'om' in the centre surrounded by petal panels each containing a Tibetan character. On exterior, four stylised flower and leaf sprays in blue washes and outlines, with overglaze green and aubergine washes, and red enamel dots. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33 millimetres
    • Diameter: 75 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-characters Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:

    PDF A777

    Doucai cup with flowers and vajra


    This porcelain cup is decorated in doucai with underglaze cobalt-blue outlines and washes and translucent overglaze enamels. Inside is a crossed vajra motif. This design is known as visvavajra. The vajra symbolises the Buddhist thunderbolt. Outside it is painted with stylised flower sprays. There is an apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the base


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze red, green and aubergine enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Longqing period, AD 1567–1572

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.15, no.11 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.71, no.A777, colour p.17 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.777

Porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. On interior, in underglaze blue, a double vajra with Tibetan character 'om' in the centre surrounded by petal panels each containing a Tibetan character. On exterior, four stylised flower and leaf sprays in blue washes and outlines, with overglaze green and aubergine washes, and red enamel dots. Mark on base.

Porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. On interior, in underglaze blue, a double vajra with Tibetan character 'om' in the centre surrounded by petal panels each containing a Tibetan character. On exterior, four stylised flower and leaf sprays in blue washes and outlines, with overglaze green and aubergine washes, and red enamel dots. Mark on base.

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