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Porcelain kendi in the form of a seated toad, with long, hexagonal neck. Underglaze blue delineating body parts of the toad with stippling and flower heads. Lakeside scene with pagoda, rocks, boats, birds and trees on neck in different coloured washes.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 190 millimetres
- Width: 148 millimetres
- Depth: 132 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white kendi in the form of a toad
Porcelain production and the numbers of workers employed within the industry increased dramatically at Jingdezhen in the second half of the sixteenth century. To keep up with the vast demands, non-imperial kilns fired wares for the court on commission as well as for local customers and international trade. Potters made mostly blue-and-white porcelains. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised my tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin.
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: RRC39576
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