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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.635

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 92 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 B635

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 46 and p. 311 (Mark p. 276) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.61, no.B635, pl.XII bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.62, no.32 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 46-47, no.15 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 84-85, no.B635 (reign mark p.114) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case18/sh8

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.635

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.

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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