- Previous 0/1630
Small covered porcelain jar with domed knopped cover. Underglaze blue with figurative scene depicting the Eight Horses of Mu Wang in a landscape. Cover decorated in related landscape scene. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 72 millimetres
- Diameter: 41 millimetres
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationQianlong nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the reign of Qianlong
Inscription CommentFour-character Qianlong mark in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
Snuff jar with the Eight Horses of Mu Wang
Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as sniffing snuff (powdered tobacco flavoured with aromatic substances). By the reign of the emperor Kangxi (AD 1662–1722), taking snuff had become an imperial habit. Chinese craftsmen revelled in the production of miniature works of art and the tiny snuff-bottle form provided a means to demonstrate their skills. The base has a four-character underglaze blue Qianlong reign mark
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795
Small covered porcelain jar with domed knopped cover. Underglaze blue with figurative scene depicting the Eight Horses of Mu Wang in a landscape. Cover decorated in related landscape scene. Inscription on base.
Copyright SOAS All rights reserved
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC39942
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.