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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 222 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
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
Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Russell Collection
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Object reference number: RRC39602
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