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Porcelain vase in form of double gourd. Underglaze blue with wide bands of scrolling lotus flowers and leaves. Individual flower heads around waist and cloud motifs at the shoulder. Inscription in band just below the lip.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 240 millimetres
- Diameter: 145 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty Jiajing reign
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white gourd shaped vase.
As with many Chinese emperors before him, the Jiajing emperor (reigned AD 1522–66) was obsessed with his own immortality. Potters decorated many imperial porcelains with emblems of longevity or other auspicious motifs. Although they created some new shapes, they also repeated decorative motifs and forms invented in the early fifteenth century such as this gourd shaped vase.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD1522–66
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Object reference number: RRC39562
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