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Porcelain vase in ancient bronze form. Six applied vertical tubes just below rim and around base of neck, and six rectangular projections around body. Underglaze blue with lotus leaves on foot, ruyi-type motifs at base of body. Six roundels of pseudo-Arabic script between projections on the body with ruyi and leaf designs. Several bands of decoration on neck.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 188 millimetres
- Diameter: 95 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Vase with Arabic inscriptions
Potters modelled the form of this vase on an ‘arrow pot’. Pitching arrows into pots had been a popular game from about 770 BC. The winner threw his arrows accurately into the pot or the tubes attached around the pot and the loser who missed was forced to drink at each miss. Elaborate rituals and rules, recorded in the Li Ji (Book of Rites], added further complexity to the game. In the Ming dynasty, the game became widespread and was played by rich merchants as well as the aristocracy and scholars. This example has Arabic inscriptions in roundels.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the collection of Mrs S. W. Bushell. PDF card: Mrs S. W. Bushell
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Object reference number: RRC39569
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