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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.650

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling magnolia flowers and leaves between parallel blue lines. Similar band around inside with central roundel with a stylised flower head in a double circle. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 146 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A650

    ‘Palace’ bowl with lilies


    This 'palace' bowl shows lilies recognised by their five petals, three sepals and long thin leaves. Daylilies are called 萱草 (xuancao), and are a rebus for many sons and grandsons. Arguably the emperor was more concerned with his succession in the later part of his reign and porcelains with decoration related to fertility and sons became more popular. He had only one surviving son who went on to succeed him to the throne as the Hongzhi emperor (AD 1488–1505). Archaeologists have excavated similar bowls from a late Chenghua era context at Jingdezhen of about AD 1482 to 1487.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 44, no. 39 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.43, no.A650 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.63, no.A650 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 pp 64-65, no.49 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 72-73, no.36 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 76-77, no. 30 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc57/s1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Medley 1976 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection PDF card: Eumorfopoulos Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.650

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling magnolia flowers and leaves between parallel blue lines. Similar band around inside with central roundel with a stylised flower head in a double circle. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling magnolia flowers and leaves between parallel blue lines. Similar band around inside with central roundel with a stylised flower head in a double circle. Inscription on base.

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