Small octagonal covered porcelain box. Underglaze blue with flower head in each panel on cover, flying cranes and clouds on lower part. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 63 millimetres
- Diameter: 73 millimetres
Inscription Positionon cover
Inscription Transliterationwan shou
Inscription TranslationLong life
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli period
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Octagonal box with flying cranes
Government kilns had access to the finest raw materials including imported cobalt. Imported cobalt is far superior to the blue pigment found locally to Jingdezhen in, for example, Leping 樂平 and Ruizhou 瑞州. After grinding for a long time, it appeared almost deep purple when fired beneath a transparent blue-tinged glaze. The form of this deep octagonal box is very unusual. Flying cranes are an emblem of long life. The characters on the cover 萬壽 (wan shou 'Ten thousand long lives') are a wish for long life.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620
On display: G95/dc57/s3
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Object reference number: RRC39595
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