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Updated: 14 April 2015
Small rectangular porcelain seal surmounted by a seated ram with head rearing up and mouth open. Details in underglaze blue. Face and side incised with inscriptions.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 43 millimetres
- Width: 25 millimetres
- Depth: 25 millimetres
Inscription Transliteration'danzhong you wei'
Inscription Translationuse salt sparingly and food will keep its natural flavour
Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
The knob of this seal is modelled in the form of a ram and the base has four seal script characters. The apocryphal reign mark on the front reads 大明宣德年製 (Da Ming Xuande nian zhi ‘Made in the Xuande reign [AD 1426–35’). Seals were used in China from the 4th century BC but this one dates to the late sixteenth century. Seals were used for official and personal purposes instead of a signature or sometimes with a brush signature.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
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Object reference number: RRC39544
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