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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.657

  • Description

    Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue and red with two four-clawed dragons facing each other with flaming pearl between them in blue, and three fish swimming around the interior in red. Two blue auspicious emblems with shou (long life) characters between them on the stem. Inscription on the porcelain cup.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Diameter: 119 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On side and stem
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shou
      • Inscription Translation

        Longevity
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shanyin xian Sidu, san tu, gu zhun shen an, Qiangong feng, Di zi Zhu Dade qu
      • Inscription Translation

        The disciple Zhu Dade of Sidu in the district of Shanyin respectfully offers sacrifice before the Spirits of the Soil.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF A657

    Stem cup with two four-clawed dragons


    This stem cup is decorated with dragons outside and with fish inside. On the side is an inscription which has been translated (‘The disciple Zhu Dade of Sidu in the district of Shanyin respectfully offers sacrifice before the Spirits of the Soil.’ There are also 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) characters on the stem.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration and gilt metal mounts
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p. 64, no.A657 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.45, no.A657, pl.VIII bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc24/sh10

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.657

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue and red with two four-clawed dragons facing each other with flaming pearl between them in blue, and three fish swimming around the inside in red.  Two blue auspicious emblems with shou (long life) characters between them on the stem. Inscription on the porcelain cup.

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue and red with two four-clawed dragons facing each other with flaming pearl between them in blue, and three fish swimming around the inside in red. Two blue auspicious emblems with shou (long life) characters between them on the stem. Inscription on the porcelain cup.

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