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  • Museum number

    PDF,B.676

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Width: 112 millimetres
    • Depth: 48 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B676

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.33, no.63 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.68, no.B676 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 93-94, no.B676 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.676

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.

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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