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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.621

  • Description

    Shallow porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with two groups of tree branches around sides and inside with rocky landscape scene with horse and rider in the centre in double circle. Narrow band of leafy branches around rim. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1680
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 161 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        奇石寳鼎之珍
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qishi baoding zhizhen
      • Inscription Translation

        rare stone precious as a treasured ding (tripod)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF C621

    Blue-and-white dish with a man on horseback


    This dish is painted in underglaze blue with a man riding a horse over a bridge in a dramatic, rocky landscape. On the base is a six-character inscription in underglaze blue which reads奇石寳鼎之珍 (Qishi baoding zhizhen ‘rare stone precious as a treasured ding (tripod)’) in a double circle.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1680

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 192 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.104, no.C621 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.77, no.C621, pl.XVI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 114-115, no. 49 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 156-157, no.68 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.621

Shallow porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with two groups of tree branches around sides and inside with rocky landscape scene with horse and rider in the centre in double circle. Narrow band of leafy branches around rim. Inscription on base.

Shallow porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with two groups of tree branches around sides and inside with rocky landscape scene with horse and rider in the centre in double circle. Narrow band of leafy branches around rim. Inscription on base.

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