Small porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with parallel lines around inner and outer rim and foot. Central roundel inside with inscription, and inscription on base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 58 millimetres
- Diameter: 109 millimetres
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription TransliterationXuande nian zhi
Inscription Translationmade in the Xuande reign
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Bowl marked with the character for altar
The central roundel inside frames a four-character apocryphal Xuande mark. The base carries the character 壇 (tan ‘altar’). This mark has been found on excavated Xuande porcelains made at Jingdezhen. Original cups of this type were used at court sacrifices. Their decoration is the simplest of all Xuande imperial blue-and-white porcelains.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1400–1500
PDF card: Purchased from H. R. N. Norton.
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Object reference number: RRC39952
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