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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.693

  • Description

    Porcelain cup in form of lotus leaf with three small feet and a biscuit figure of a carp inside. Underglaze blue with leaf veins around outside and dense waterweeds inside.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 millimetres
    • Diameter: 90 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A693

    Cup in the form of a lotus leaf


    This cup is modelled in the form of a lotus leaf with blue veins outside and with a biscuit fired fish inside. Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.52, no.A693, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.73, no.A693 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc22/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.693

Porcelain cup in form of lotus leaf with three small feet and a biscuit figure of a carp inside. Underglaze blue with leaf veins around outside and dense waterweeds inside.

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