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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 105 millimetres
- Diameter: 155 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix character Xuande mark in double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc59/s4
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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