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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.659

  • Description

    Porcelain ewer in the form of an elongated pomegranate with branch-shaped spout with applied leaves and star-shaped mouth rim. Underglaze blue with bulb-shaped panels with insects among flowers and open pomegranate fruits. Cloud and ruyi-shaped motifs on upper section. Base unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 192 millimetres
    • Width: 145 millimetres
    • Depth: 119 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ca. 1600Room 95 label text:

    PDF A659

    Pomegranate-shaped kraak-style ewer


    The ewer is in the form of an elongated pomegranate. The spout is in the form of a leafy branch. As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to Europe and Japan. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised by tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin such as at the rim. This type of porcelain with panel-style decoration is known as kraak.


    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.45, no.A659 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.65, no.A659 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.659

Porcelain ewer in the form of an elongated pomegranate with branch-shaped spout with applied leaves and star-shaped mouth rim. Underglaze blue with bulb-shaped panels with insects among flowers and open pomegranate fruits. Cloud and ruyi-shaped motifs on upper section. Base unglazed.

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