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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.717

  • Description

    Wide-based porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze green, pale aubergine and red enamels. On inside centre, a medallion panel of Buddhist syllables in Sanskrit characters and double vajra with another character inside. Outside, stylized flower and leaf sprays in underglaze blue, coloured with overglaze enamels. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 millimetres
    • Diameter: 75 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Longqing mark in a double rectangle in dark red overglaze enamel over a six-character 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 A717

    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 are Sanskrit characters and 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

    • Feng 2006 p.54, no.A717 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 pp 15-16, no.12 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.717

Wide-based porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze green, pale aubergine and red enamels. On inside centre, a medallion panel of Buddhist syllables in Sanskrit characters and double vajra with another character inside. Outside, stylized flower and leaf sprays in underglaze blue, coloured with overglaze enamels. Mark on base.

Wide-based porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze green, pale aubergine and red enamels. On inside centre, a medallion panel of Buddhist syllables in Sanskrit characters and double vajra with another character inside. Outside, stylized flower and leaf sprays in underglaze blue, coloured with overglaze enamels. Mark on base.

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