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tankard

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.639

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 136 millimetres
    • Width: 121 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on the body
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        horizontally on the body below the petal band.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF B639

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.61, no.B639, pl.XII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.86, no.B639 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 52-53, no.18 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc17/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.639

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.

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