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ink-stone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.673

  • Description

    Round porcelain ink-slab. Unglazed round surface on the top with flower-shaped recess on one side. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling phoenix and flower heads around the sides. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1595
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33 millimetres
    • Diameter: 115 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        玉堂佳器
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yutang jiaqi
      • Inscription Translation

        Fine vessel for the Jade Hall'.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬曆二十三年夏月吉日彭懋齡置用
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli ershisan nian xia yue ji ri Peng Maoling zhi yong
      • Inscription Translation

        Made for the use of Peng Maoling on an auspicious day in Summer in the twenty third year of the Ming dynasty reign of Wanli [AD 1595]
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF A673

    Ink stone with scrolling phoenix and flower heads


    On the base are two inscriptions which read 玉堂 佳器 (Yutang jiaqi ‘fine vessel for the Jade Hall’) and another 大明萬曆二十三年夏月吉日彭懋齡置用(Da Ming Wanli ershisan nian xia yue ji ri Peng Maoling zhi yong ‘Made for the use of Peng Maoling on an auspicious day in Summer in the twenty third year of the Ming dynasty reign of Wanli [AD 1595]’).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, dated equivalent to AD 1595

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p. 48, no.A673, pl.VIII bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.100, no.77 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 56-57, no.18 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 68-69, no.A673 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.673

Round porcelain ink-slab. Unglazed round surface on the top with flower-shaped recess on one side. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling phoenix and flower heads around the sides. Inscription on base.

Round porcelain ink-slab. Unglazed round surface on the top with flower-shaped recess on one side. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling phoenix and flower heads around the sides. Inscription on base.

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