Porcelain wine ewer in the shape of a moon supported on swirling relief clouds with a projecting spout on one side. High relief and underglaze blue with female figure (Chang E) and hare in a landscape on one side and two gentlemen in official dress on the other. Details painted in blue. Base unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 115 millimetres
- Width: 112 millimetres
- Depth: 48 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Wine ewer in the form of the moon with immortals
This porcelain wine ewer is modelled in the shape of a moon, supported on swirling clouds, with a spout on one side. On one side is 嫦娥 Chang E – the goddess who, according to Chinese mythology, lives in the moon. She is accompanied by a hare who pounds herbs for the elixir of immortality on the moon. On the other side are two male figures visiting the moon. It has been suggested that these are the Tang dynasty emperor Ming Huang (AD 713–756) and Lo Gongyuan. Ming Huang was Yang Guifei’s lover.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
Porcelain wine ewer in the shape of a moon supported on swirling relief clouds with a projecting spout on one side. High relief and underglaze blue with female figure and hare in a landscape on one side and two gentlemen in official dress on the other. Details painted in blue. Base unglazed.
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Object reference number: RRC39940
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