Porcelain brush-rest in form of five-peaked mountain. Underglaze blue with dense classic scrolls and a single roundel with Arabic inscription on each side. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Width: 197 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Zhengde nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Zhengde reign of the Ming dynasty
Inscription Positionon front and back
Inscription TranslationThe pen before everything
Room 95 label text:
Brush rest with Arabic inscription
This thickly-potted brush rest is in a traditional Chinese form of a mountain range with five peaks. The inscriptions on either side are written in cursive Arabic script. They translate 'The pen before everything'. 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. There is a six character underglaze blue Zhengde mark on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–21
On display: G95/dc19/sh4
Porcelain brush-rest in form of five-peaked mountain. Underglaze blue with dense classic scrolls and a single roundel with Arabic inscription on each side. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39549
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