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Small porcelain tankard with round body and strap handle. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers between lotus petals. Relief band at bottom of neck with stylised petals. Horizontal inscription on body.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 136 millimetres
- Width: 121 millimetres
Inscription Positionon the body
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Inscription Commenthorizontally on the body below the petal band.
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Tankard with flower scroll
Potters at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen made such tankards in the Yongle and Xuande reigns. The form is found in Middle Eastern jade, glass and metalwork. The ridging around the neck may suggest it is imitating a tankard made of sheet metal, possibly silver in which the shape would be strengthened by such a thickened section. Those tankards made in the Xuande era are often inscribed, as is the case here, with a six-character reign mark. Craftsmen fashioned Xuande tankards in slightly different forms from those made earlier in the Yongle era. They tend to have wider bases and often have finger grips on the handle. Some were also made with domed covers.
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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Object reference number: RRC39907
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