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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.619

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with band of turbulent waves just above foot and the Eight Trigrams painted just below rim. Yin yang symbol in large double circle inside in the centre. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 71 millimetres
    • Diameter: 124 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da ming kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the Kangxi reign of the Great Qing dynasty
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze cobalt blue
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF C619

    Bowl with the ‘Eight Trigrams’ and waves


    This bowl is finely painted with the 八卦 (ba gua ‘Eight Trigrams’). These are arguably the most familiar symbols associated with Daoism. Trigrams which are made up of combinations of three broken and unbroken parallel lines, are the basis for the 64 hexagrams of the 已經 (Yi Jing ‘Book of Changes’). The Eight Trigrams can be doubled up to create 64 hexagrams which are in turn interpreted to make sense of the world, its history and its future. Unbroken trigram lines are considered to represent the masculine 陽 (yang) element and broken lines the feminine 陰 (yin) element. The base has a six-character underglaze blue Kangxi reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.104, no.C619 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.76, no.C619 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 134-135, no. 58 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh2

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Clear and secure crack/ chip

    Condition

    slight dirty crack and a chip on the rim

    Treatment details

    Poulticed using a solution of Ariel in distilled water, using cotton wool and clingfilm. After cleaning the surface is rinsed with distilled water applied on cotton wool swabs or Kleenex tissue. This is then steam cleaned. Surface wiped wth a dry tissue to remove any remaining distilled water.

    Missing areas filled with Fynebond, fumed silica and pigments. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.619

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with band of turbulent waves just above foot and the Eight Trigrams painted just below rim. Yin yang symbol in large double circle inside in the centre. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with band of turbulent waves just above foot and the Eight Trigrams painted just below rim. Yin yang symbol in large double circle inside in the centre. Inscription on base.

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