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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.636

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers and leaves above narrow band of overlapping petals. Central roundel inside with single flower, and anhua slip floral scroll around cavetto. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 76 millimetres
    • Diameter: 208 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B636

    Bowl with lotus flowers.


    Craftsmen made this technically accomplished dish by adding an暗花 (anhua ‘secret or hidden decoration’) of raised slip floral scroll, in the interior walls. Then they painted a six-character Xuande reign mark on the base in underglaze blue and painted scrolling lotus flowers and leaves outside and coated the whole dish with a clear glaze. Potters fired the dish at a high-temperature.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2002 p.28, no. B636, p.94, no.103 (left) ((base) showing reign mark) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.61, no.B636, pl.XII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.85, no.B636 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc18/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.636

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers and leaves above narrow band of overlapping petals. Central roundel inside with single flower, and anhua slip floral scroll around cavetto. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers and leaves above narrow band of overlapping petals. Central roundel inside with single flower, and anhua slip floral scroll around cavetto. Inscription on base.

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