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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.658

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with underglaze blue flower and fruit sprays around sides. Overlapping lotus panels rise from the foot, with flower sprays on the foot. Horizontal inscription just below rim.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10 millimetres
    • Diameter: 280 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in underglaze blue written horizontally along the rim
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B658

    Bowl with flowering and fruiting branches


    This bowl is beautifully painted beneath the glaze with blue flowering and fruiting branches. There is a six-character horizontal Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue below the rim.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 98 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 125, pl. CXXIV bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.65, no.B658, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.90, no.B658 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc18/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.658

Porcelain bowl of lianzi form. Underglaze blue with flower and fruit sprays around sides. Overlapping lotus panels rise frorm foot, with flower sprays on foot. Horizontal inscription just below rim.

Porcelain bowl of lianzi form. Underglaze blue with flower and fruit sprays around sides. Overlapping lotus panels rise frorm foot, with flower sprays on foot. Horizontal inscription just below rim.

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