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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.644

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of three sprays of scrolling melons and vines . Pairs of blue lines at rim, base and foot. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 72 millimetres
    • Diameter: 153 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 A644

    ‘Palace’ bowl with fruiting melon vines


    Officials, sent directly from the Chenghua emperor’s court, supervised the production of vessels in specified sizes with particular designs in pre-ordered quantities. Any vessels with mistakes in the motifs, any with inferior painting, and any surplus to the order were deliberately broken and buried. Archaeologists excavated similar melon vine bowls at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, dating from about AD 1482 to 1487. 瓜瓞綿綿 (guadie mianmian ‘large and small melons growing on curling vines’) symbolises a long line of male descendents and thus is an emblem of good wishes for the emperor.


    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

    • Hobson 1934 p. 135, pl. CXXXIV(e) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.43, no.A644, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.62, no.A644, colour p.37 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 72-73, no.36 (p.94, mark on base) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc57/s1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection, p. 171, Fig. 314

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.644

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of three sprays of scrolling melons and vines . Pairs of blue lines at rim, base and foot. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of three sprays of scrolling melons and vines . Pairs of blue lines at rim, base and foot. Inscription on base.

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