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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.666

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Dark blue ground with white slip design of four fish swimming among aquatic plants. Inside white and undecorated. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 65 millimetres
    • Diameter: 152 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli period
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A666

    Bowl with fish among water weed and lotus


    Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu. The base has a six-character underglaze blue Wanli reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and slip decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.18, no.10 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.47, no.A666 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.67, no.A666 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 116-117, no. 50. bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.666

Porcelain bowl. Dark blue ground with white slip design of four fish swimming among aquatic plants. Inside white and undecorated. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Dark blue ground with white slip design of four fish swimming among aquatic plants. Inside white and undecorated. Inscription on base.

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