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  • Museum number

    PDF,B.668

  • Description

    Round porcelain porcelain box. Underglaze blue on top with the Eight Buddhist emblems on lotus flowers scrolling around a centralised stylised flower head composed of a Buddhist wheel circled by lotus petals. Similar scrolling emblems on plinths around the sides. Bands of detached flower heads around edges of top and bottom half.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 15thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 97 millimetres
    • Diameter: 196 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Xuande
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B668

    Covered box with Buddhist emblems


    This round box has a flat-topped cover and is decorated in deep tones of underglaze blue. The cover, edge of the cover and tray are painted with the Eight Buddhist Emblems surrounded by flowering lotus scroll. These emblems are the endless knot, lotus flower, canopy, conch shell, treasure vase, wheel of the law, twin fish and banner or standard of victory.


    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 1975 Monochrome pl. 78 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.67, no.B668, pl.XIV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.92, no.B668 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case59-4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.668

Round porcelain porcelain box. Underglaze blue on top with the Eight Buddhist emblems on lotus flowers scrolling around a centralised stylised flower head composed of a Buddhist wheel circled by lotus petals. Similar scrolling emblems on plinths around the sides. Bands of detached flower heads around edges of top and bottom half.

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