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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 72 millimetres
- Diameter: 153 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:
‘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
Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection, p. 171, Fig. 314
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Object reference number: RRC39551
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