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bird-feeder

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.693

  • Description

    Small porcelain bird feeder in form of a horizontal trough with two circular openings. Two circular fittings afixed to one side. Underglaze blue with scrolling flowers around top and bottom. Reserved side panel with scrolling flower sprays on one side, and horizontal inscription on the other. Large blue flower heads in relief at each end.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 58 millimetres
    • Width: 88 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on side
      • 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 Xuande mark written horizontally in underglaze blue on one side
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B693

    Blue and white bird feeder


    Keeping pets was a fashionable Ming pastime. Caged birds were taught to talk, sing and perform tricks for entertainment. This porcelain bird feeder was made to be attached to a bird’s cage. It may have contained water or hemp seeds which, even today in China, are still thought to make birds sing more sweetly. There is a six-character horizontal Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue along one side. Archaeologists have excavated an impressive range of Xuande mark and period bird feeders from the Xuande strata at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.72, no.B693 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.75, no.63 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.97, no.B693 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc18/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.693

Small porcelain bird feeder in form of a horizontal trough with two circular openings. Two circular fittings afixed to one side. Underglaze blue with scrolling flowers around top and bottom. Reserved side panel with scrolling flower sprays on one side, and horizontal inscription on the other. Large blue flower heads in relief at each end.

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