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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 36 millimetres
- Width: 42 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Commentapocryphal Xuande
Published PDF date : Ming 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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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Object reference number: RRC39592
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