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bird-feeder

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.684

  • Description

    Small porcelain bird feeder in the form of a section of bamboo. Underglaze blue with a stylised flower head on each end and small flower and leaf sprays around each section. Horizontal inscription on side.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 millimetres
    • Width: 42 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Comment

        apocryphal Xuande
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A684

    Blue-and-white bird feeder


    Keeping pets was a fashionable Ming pastime. Caged birds were taught to talk, sing and perform tricks for entertainment. This porcelain bird feeder was made to be attached to a bird’s cage. It may have contained water or hemp seeds which, even today in China, are still thought to make birds sing more sweetly. There is an apocryphal six-character horizontal Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue along one side. Archaeologists have excavated an impressive range of Xuande mark and period bird feeders from the Xuande strata at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen.


    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

    • Medley 1976 p.50, no.A684 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.71, no.A684 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.684

Small porcelain bird feeder in the form of a section of bamboo. Underglaze blue with a stylised flower head on each end and small flower and leaf sprays around each section. Horizontal inscription on side.

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