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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.655

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 240 millimetres
    • Diameter: 145 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty Jiajing reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF A655

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.44, no.A655, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.64, no.A655 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 88-89, no. 36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc21/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.655

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.

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