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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.606

  • Description

    Porcelain jar of guan form. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with wide band of scenes of numerous children at play on a garden terrace. Diaper band around shoulder with four roundels featuring lingzhi fungus and grasses. Hare mark on base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres
    • Diameter: 175 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF C606

    Jar decorated in pencilled style


    Potters have decorated this jar with the theme of ‘One hundred children’ playing. Chinese people regard genre scenes of boys playing as auspicious, representing a wish for many sons. This style of painting on blue pigment in thin, sketchy, blue lines is often called the ‘pencilled style’ as opposed to a brush-style where the pigment is applied in thicker washes. The base carries the mark of a white hare.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.100, no.C606 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.74, C606, pl.XV bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.606

Porcelain jar of guan form. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with wide band of scenes of numerous children at play on a garden terrace. Diaper band around shoulder with four roundels featuring lingzhi fungus and grasses. Hare mark on base.

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