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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.602

  • Description

    Porcelain flask of baoyue form with round flattened body. Two strap handles at the sides. Underglaze blue with large scale scrolling flowers and narrow band of classic scrolls around the edge.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 293 millimetres
    • Width: 203 millimetres
    • Depth: 132 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF C602

    ‘Pilgrim’ flask with flowers


    This flask is decorated beneath the glaze with cobalt-blue flowers. As well as producing objects following the shapes of Middle Eastern dining utensils for the overseas market, Jingdezhen craftsmen made objects inspired by Middle Eastern forms to fulfil court demand for foreign ‘exotica’.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 75 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.73, no.C602 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 99-100, no.C602 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case17/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.602


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