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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.643

  • Description

    Round porcelain jar. Underglaze blue with two figural scenes separated by trees. One with gentlemen playing chess, and another with a gentleman in a landscape with an attendant. Band of dotted chevrons just below rim. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 91 millimetres
    • Diameter: 135 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        嘉靖癸卯年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Jiajing guimao nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the guimao year of Jiajing [AD 1543]
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF B643

    Jar showing men playing weiqi


    On one side this jar is painted with two men playing weiqi (go or surround chess). On the other a scholar is shown walking in a landscape accompanied by his servant carrying a zither wrapped in a cloth. The base bears the underglaze blue inscription 嘉靖癸卯年製 (Jiajing guimao nian zhi ‘ Made in the guimao year of Jiajing [AD 1543]’)


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, dated equivalent to AD 1543

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 130 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.30, no.52 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.62, no.B643, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.87, no.B643 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.91, no.66 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.643

Round porcelain jar. Underglaze blue with two figural scenes separated by trees. One with gentlemen playing chess, and another with a gentleman in a landscape with an attendant. Band of dotted chevrons just below rim. Inscription on base.

Round porcelain jar. Underglaze blue with two figural scenes separated by trees. One with gentlemen playing chess, and another with a gentleman in a landscape with an attendant. Band of dotted chevrons just below rim. Inscription on base.

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