Porcelain 'surprise' cup with standing female figure inside. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. On outside, boys at play in a landscape, and four emblems with ribbons on inside rim. Standing female painted in blue with green skirt.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 98 millimetres
- Diameter: 91 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
‘Surprise cup’ with boys playing
Potters decorated this stem cup in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. Chinese people regard genre scenes of children playing as auspicious, representing a wish for many sons. The 'surprise' is the standing female figure inside.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
On display: G95/dc27/sh8
Porcelain mazer cup with standing female figure inside. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. On outside, boys at play in a landscape, and four emblems with ribbons on inside rim. Standing female painted in blue with green skirt.
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