Porcelain bowl with straight sides. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers with Eight Buddhist emblems floating or supported on flower heads, above band of overlapping panels. Inscription in centre written vertically in a double rectangle within a double circle. classic scrolls around foot.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Diameter: 155 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription TransliterationDa ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the Wanli reign of the Great Ming dynasty
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Bowl with the Eight Buddhist Emblems
This bowl on a high foot is painted in underglaze blue with the八吉祥 (ba ji xiang ‘Eight Buddhist Emblems’), supported by flowering lotus scroll. These Eight Buddhist Emblems are the endless knot, lotus flower, canopy, conch shell, treasure vase, wheel of the law, twin fish and banner or standard of victory. There is a six-character Wanli mark written vertically in a double rectangle inside the bowl. The bowl is based on an original design of the Xuande period (see PDF B630).
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
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Object reference number: RRC39962
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