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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.600

  • Description

    Porcelain stem cup. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons running horizontally around the porcelain cup on dense blue wave ground. Similar waves on stem with tall rocks rising up. Raised ring at top of stem with scrolling ruyi type motifs. Pseudo-Sanskrit inscription surrounding a single character inside the centre. There is an inscription on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1800
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 76 millimetres
    • Diameter: 82 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da ming xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the Xuande reign of the Great Ming dynasty
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character archaistic Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing late 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF C600

    Stem cup with two five-clawed dragons


    Potters recreated early fifteenth century ceramics of the Xuande era in the Qing dynasty. This stem cup has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Xuande reign mark on the base. Qing copies of Ming imperial wares are painted in a stiffer style. They are more regular and blue tones are more even than the early Ming examples.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1662–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.73, no.C600, pl.XV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.99, no.C600 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.600

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons running horizontally around the porcelain cup on dense blue wave ground. Similar waves on stem with tall rocks rising up. Raised ring at top of stem with scrolling ruyi type motifs. Pseudo-Sanskrit inscription surrounding a single character inside the centre. Inscription on base.

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons running horizontally around the porcelain cup on dense blue wave ground. Similar waves on stem with tall rocks rising up. Raised ring at top of stem with scrolling ruyi type motifs. Pseudo-Sanskrit inscription surrounding a single character inside the centre. Inscription on base.

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