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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.630

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling Buddhist emblems supported on lotus flowers. Band of classic scrolls around the foot. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 84 millimetres
    • Diameter: 159 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        inside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark written vertically in a double rectangle inside a double circle in the centre of the inner surface of the bowl
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B630

    Bowl with the Eight Buddhist Emblems


    This bowl on a high foot is painted in underglaze blue with the八吉祥 (ba ji xiang ‘Eight Buddhist Emblems’), supported by flowering lotus scroll. These Eight Buddhist Emblems are the endless knot, lotus flower, canopy, conch shell, treasure vase, wheel of the law, twin fish and banner or standard of victory. There is a six-character Xuande mark written vertically in a double rectangle inside the bowl.


    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 Monochrome pl. 91 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 83, no. 81 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.59, no.B630, pl.XII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.83, no.B630 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc18/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.630

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling Buddhist emblems supported on lotus flowers. Band of classic scrolls around the foot. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling Buddhist emblems supported on lotus flowers. Band of classic scrolls around the foot. Inscription on base.

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