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brush-rest

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.642

  • Description

    Porcelain brush-rest in the form of a series of peaked mountains on semi-circular base. Underglaze blue with naturalistically defined individual peaks and an applied relief scene at the back of a man trapped on a rock in rough sea, being rescued by two men in a boat.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Width: 172 millimetres
    • Depth: 35 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B642

    Mountain-shaped brush rest


    This thickly-potted brush rest is in the form of a semi-circular mountain range with five main peaks. On one side is a figure scene showing a man on a rock surrounded by breaking waves. He is being approached by two men in a boat. The peaks are outlined in a failed underglaze copper-red and the remainder with shades of underglaze cobalt-blue.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and copper-red decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1500–1600

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 185 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.62, no.B642 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.86, no.B642 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case19/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.642

Porcelain brush-rest in the form of a series of peaked mountains on semi-circular base. Underglaze blue with naturalistically defined individual peaks and an applied relief scene at the back of a man trapped on a rock in rough sea, being rescued by two men in a boat.

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