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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.730

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red, green, and black enamels. Golden carp design on inside centre, with aquatic plants of various colours. Outside painted with four fish in water weeds and clover ferns. There is a mark on the base. Pair with A731.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 millimetres
    • Diameter: 172 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF A730

    Wucai dish with fish


    Potters decorated this dish in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. The base carries an underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark. Chinese people regard paired 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 wucai enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 133 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.23, no.48 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.56, no.A730 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 46-47, no. 14 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc27/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.730

Porcelain saucer. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red, green, and black enamels. Golden carp design on inside centre, with aquatic plants of various colours. Outside painted with four fish in water weeds and clover ferns. Mark on base. Pair with A731.

Porcelain saucer. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red, green, and black enamels. Golden carp design on inside centre, with aquatic plants of various colours. Outside painted with four fish in water weeds and clover ferns. Mark on base. Pair with A731.

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