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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 115 millimetres
- Width: 225 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Zhengde mark in a double square on the base
Inscription Positionon either side
Inscription TranslationOne side reads khāmah ‘pen’ and the other dān ‘holder’.
Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39550
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