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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.658

  • Description

    Cylindrical porcelain ink-slab. Underglaze blue with four characters in ogival reserved panels against diaper and trellised grounds. On the top, blue leaf with four characters around the edges and unglazed peach-shaped area with channel around the edge. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 57 millimetres
    • Diameter: 145 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base, sides and top
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Dai
      • Inscription Translation

        [Family name]
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base, the family name Dai. Several inscriptions around the sides and on the top.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        around the sides
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        狀元登科
      • Inscription Transliteration

        zhuang yuan deng ke
      • Inscription Translation

        to announce the most successful scholar
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on the top on the stick of bamboo
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        万年平安
      • Inscription Transliteration

        wan nian ping an
      • Inscription Translation

        ten thousand years of tranquility
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on the leaf
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        隻仝牾寿
      • Inscription Transliteration

        zhi tong wu shou
      • Inscription Translation

        together we find longevity
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A658

    Ink stone with inscriptions


    This ink stone has a peach-shaped mixing area for the ink and is decorated with patterns and inscriptions. On the base is the family name Dai.戴. The four characters around the sides read 狀元登科 (Zhangyuan Dengke ‘to announce the most successful scholar’). The characters on the top on the stick of bamboo read 萬年平安 (Wan nian ping an ‘ Ten thousand years of peace’) and on the leaf 隻仝牾寿 (zhitong wushou ‘together we find longevity’).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.45, no.A658 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 64-65, no.A658 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.658

Cylindrical porcelain ink-slab. Underglaze blue with four characters in ogival reserved panels against diaper and trellised grounds. On the top, blue leaf with four characters around the edges and unglazed peach-shaped area with channel around the edge. Inscription on base.

Cylindrical porcelain ink-slab. Underglaze blue with four characters in ogival reserved panels against diaper and trellised grounds. On the top, blue leaf with four characters around the edges and unglazed peach-shaped area with channel around the edge. Inscription on base.

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