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Porcelain vase in form of ancient bronze. Six vertical tubes below rim, six low relief rectangles around base of neck and six rectangular cubes around waist. Doucai-style decoration with underglaze blue outlines and overglaze red and green enamels. Six roundels around body with pseudo-Arabic script with ruyi and cloud motifs. Lotus leaves and petals around neck and foot. Base unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 248 millimetres
- Diameter: 132 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Vase with Arabic inscriptions
Potters modelled the form of this vase on an ‘arrow pot’. Pitching arrows into pots had been a popular game from about 770 BC. The winner threw his arrows accurately into the pot or the tubes attached around the pot and the loser who missed was forced to drink at each miss. Elaborate rituals and rules, recorded in the Li Ji (Book of Rites], added further complexity to the game. In the Ming dynasty, the game became widespread and was played by rich merchants as well as the aristocracy and scholars.This example has crudely written Arabic inscriptions in roundels and doucai-style overglaze enamels.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration and overglaze doucai-style enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
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Object reference number: RRC39612
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