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  • Museum number

    PDF,A.764

  • Description

    Zhangzhou export ware porcelain vase of form inspired by ancient bronzes, with two large square handles. Painted in Swatow style with red, green, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Band of chevrons in red at rim and flowering branches at neck, in red and turquoise. Two large ogival panels enclosing mythical animal qilins on body, with lotus sprays in between. Auspicious emblems on foot.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC(early)
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  • Materials

  • Ware

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 299 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A764

    Vase with fabulous creatures


    Collectors and scholars called this type of ware ‘Swatow’ after an old Dutch transliteration of Shantou, a port in northern Guangong province, mistakenly believed to have been the port from which they were shipped. Merchants traded them to countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia as well as to Japan and Holland. They are characterised by coarse sandy bases. The designs are all rendered in free and spontaneous brushstrokes. This example is modelled after a bronze altar vase and is painted in polychrome overglaze enamels with qilin.


    Porcelain with overglaze enamels
    Zhangzhou (‘Swatow’) ware
    Pinghe county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, 福建省, 漳州, 平和縣
    Ming dynasty, about AD1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.40, no.120 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.68, no.A764, colour p.42 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case29/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.764

Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain vase of form inspired by ancient bronzes, with two large square handles. Painted in Swatow style with red, green, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Band of chevrons in red at rim and flowering branches at neck, in red and turquoise. Two large ogival panels enclosing mythical animal qilins on body, with lotus sprays in between. Auspicious emblems on foot.

Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain vase of form inspired by ancient bronzes, with two large square handles. Painted in Swatow style with red, green, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Band of chevrons in red at rim and flowering branches at neck, in red and turquoise. Two large ogival panels enclosing mythical animal qilins on body, with lotus sprays in between. Auspicious emblems on foot.

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