Small porcelain seal in form of an old woman seated on a stool. Underglaze blue colouring woman's cloak and details of her face and hair. Horizontal inscription on front side of stool. Carved characters on unglazed base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 30 millimetres
- Width: 22 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon front
Inscription TransliterationXuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Xuande reign
Inscription Scriptseal script
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription Transliterationchang le
Inscription TranslationAlways happy
Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
The knob of this seal is modelled in the form of an old woman, wearing a cloak, seated on a stool and the base has two seal script characters. The apocryphal reign mark on the front reads 宣德年製 (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: RRC40011
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