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meiping

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.639

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers above a band of flowers sprays. Band of four fruit sprays on shoulder: peach, apple, pomegranate and lychee. Blue parallel lines separate the bands.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 314 millimetres
    • Diameter: 200 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A639

    Meiping with lotus scroll


    Potters produced porcelains using new technologies, decorative schemes and forms in the Yongle era. They ground imported cobalt and applied it in solution to the porcelain body before glazing and firing at a high-temperature. This cobalt fires unevenly but generates a deep blue colour. The design is controlled and shows a broad band of formal scrolling lotus flowers bordered by fruit sprays (plum, peach, lychee and pomegranate) around the shoulder, and individual flower sprays around the foot (chrysanthemum, peony, flowering pomegranate and rose).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 104 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.60, no.A639, colour p.36 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 pp 41-42, no.A639 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc59/s1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.639

Porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers above a band of flowers sprays. Band of four fruit sprays on shoulder: peach, apple, pomegranate and lychee. Blue parallel lines separate the bands.

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