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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.639

  • Description

    Stem porcelain cup. There are three silhouetted fruits around the sides of the exterior, peach, persimmon and pomegranate, in underglaze red, and two five-clawed dragons incised under the glaze on the interior. There is an inscription on the central roundel.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 108 millimetres
    • Diameter: 153 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        inside in the centre
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF C639

    Stem cup with three copper-red fruits


    This stem cup is decorated with three fruits: a peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze red. The three fruits symbolise the Three Abundances: long life, happiness and children. In the sixteenth century, mostly potters at Jingdezhen substituted underglaze copper-red with overglaze iron-red which was much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. Inside two dragons chasing a flaming pearl are incised into the walls and there is a Wanli reign mark in underglaze blue in a double ring inside the cup in the centre.


    Porcelain with incised, underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.108, no.C639 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.80, no.C639, pl.XVI bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case19/sh8

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.639

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze red with three silhouetted fruits around the sides, peach, persimmon and pomegranate. Two five-clawed dragons incised under the glaze inside and central roundel with inscription.

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze red with three silhouetted fruits around the sides, peach, persimmon and pomegranate. Two five-clawed dragons incised under the glaze inside and central roundel with inscription.

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