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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.704

  • Description

    Porcelain stem cup . Decorated in wucai style, with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, ochre and black enamels. Medallion with floral roundel inside in centre, with boys running with kites and banners around sides. On outside, boys playing among flowering shrubs. Flower sprays and ruyi-shaped clouds around stem. Base closed and glazed, with mark.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Diameter: 98 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF A704

    Stem 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. There is an apocryphal Xuande mark on the base in underglaze blue.


    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 154 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.34, no.95 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.51, no.A704 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 104-105, no. 43 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Elphinstone Collection. PDF card: Acquired before 1935. Elphinstone Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.704

Porcelain stem cup . Decorated in wucai style, with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, ochre and black enamels. Medallion with floral roundel inside in centre, with boys running with kites and banners around sides. On outside, boys playing among flowering shrubs. Flower sprays and ruyi-shaped clouds around stem. Base closed and glazed, with mark.

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