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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.694

  • Description

    Ornamental porcelain model rock with wide lower part. Applied monkey on central section and three large holes on base. Underglaze blue with plants, flowering trees and details on front half; back half undecorated.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 222 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A694

    Blue-and-white ornamental rock


    This unusual sculpture shows a monkey climbing a rock. Porcelain production and the numbers of workers employed within the industry increased dramatically at Jingdezhen in the second half of the sixteenth century. To keep up with the vast demands, non-imperial kilns fired wares for the court on commission as well as for local customers and international trade. Potters made mostly blue-and-white porcelains. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised by tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 p. 170, Fig. 312 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.52, no.A694, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp73-74, no.A694 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Russell Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.694

Ornamental porcelain model rock with wide lower part. Applied monkey on central section and three large holes on base. Underglaze blue with plants, flowering trees and details on front half; back half undecorated.

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