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brush-rest

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.643

  • Description

    Porcelain brush-rest in form of five-peaked mountain. Underglaze blue with dense scrolling lingzhi fungus and leaves and a single diamond-shaped panel with Persian inscription on each side. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Width: 225 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Zhengde mark in a double square on the base
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Arabic
      • Inscription Position

        on either side
      • Inscription Language

        Persian
      • Inscription Translation

        One side reads khāmah ‘pen’ and the other dān ‘holder’.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A643

    Brush rest with Persian inscription


    This thickly-potted brush rest is in a traditional Chinese form of a mountain range with five peaks. The single-word inscriptions on either side are written in cursive Arabic script in the Persian language with diacritical points and symbols of short vowels. One side reads khāmah ‘pen’ and the other dān ‘holder’. Zhengde desk porcelains with Arabic inscriptions were made for the court either for Muslim administrators and eunuchs who held considerable power at the time or for the Zhengde emperor himself who was fascinated by foreign scripts and was rumoured to have converted to Islam, a fact unrecorded in the Ming official histories.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–21

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 123 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.29, no.47 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.42, no.A643, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.61, no.A643 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.66, no.51 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.643

Porcelain brush-rest in form of five-peaked mountain. Underglaze blue with dense scrolling lingzhi fungus and leaves and a single diamond-shaped panel with Persian inscription on each side. Inscription on base.

Porcelain brush-rest in form of five-peaked mountain. Underglaze blue with dense scrolling lingzhi fungus and leaves and a single diamond-shaped panel with Persian inscription on each side. Inscription on base.

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