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Small porcelain bowl with straight sides. Underglaze blue with three friends of winter motif: pine, flowering prunus and bamboo trees. Band of overlapping petals around base. Inscription inside foot on base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 38 millimetres
- Diameter: 72 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Chongzhen nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Chongzhen reign of the Ming dynasty
Published PDF date : Ming Chongzhen 1628-44Room 95 label text:
Tea bowl with Three Friends of Winter
Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. There is a Chongzhen reign mark on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Chongzhen mark and period, AD 1628–1644
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Object reference number: RRC39598
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