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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 71 millimetres
- Diameter: 124 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa ming kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the Kangxi reign of the Great Qing dynasty
Inscription CommentSix-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze cobalt blue
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
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
12 February 2009
Reason for treatment
Clear and secure crack/ chip
slight dirty crack and a chip on the rim
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.
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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