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    Small porcelain cup. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with flying horses amid clouds. Parallel lines above base.

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    • 16thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 61 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B691

    Cup with flying horses above rocks and waves

    The cup is painted with horses galloping through the skies above waves and rocks.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1500–1600


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.71, no.B691 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.97, no.B691 bibliographic details
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    Medley 1976 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection. PDF card: G. Eumorfopoulos Collection, No. C120

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Small porcelain cup. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with flying horses amid clouds. Parallel lines above base.

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