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Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with the Three Friends of Winter in a landscape. Central roundel inside with similar Three Friends and rock motif. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 92 millimetres
- Diameter: 208 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
Bowl painted with the Three Friends of Winter
Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. There is a six-character Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with the Three Friends of Winter in a landscape. Central roundel inside with similar Three Friends and rock motif. Inscription on base.
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