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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.671

  • Description

    Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of five lions sporting with brocaded ball and ribbons, with auspicious symbols scattered around. Band of overlapping petal panels above foot. Central roundel inside with two similar lions. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B671.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 105 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six character Xuande mark in double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B671

    Deep bowl with lions


    This deep-sided bowl is painted around the outside in underglaze blue with five lions playing with beribboned balls and with auspicious emblems. Inside the bowl in a central roundel is a pair of lions and a brocade ball with ribbons and good luck symbols. This shape is an innovation of the Xuande era but the decorative theme of lions and balls was not new, originating on ceramics at the Ding kilns in Hebei province in the Jin dynasty (AD 1115–1234).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.67, no.B671 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.93, no.B671 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc59/s4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.671

Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of five lions sporting with brocaded ball and ribbons, with auspicious symbols scattered around. Band of overlapping petal panels above foot. Central roundel inside with two similar lions. Inscription on base. Pair with B671.

Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of five lions sporting with brocaded ball and ribbons, with auspicious symbols scattered around. Band of overlapping petal panels above foot. Central roundel inside with two similar lions. Inscription on base. Pair with B671.

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