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Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze copper red with three single fruits around the exterior: peach, pomegranate and persimmon. Two five-clawed dragons incised into the body on the interior. Inscription in a roundel in the centre.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 104 millimetres
- Diameter: 154 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Stem cup with three copper-red fruits
This stem cup is decorated with three fruits: a peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze red. The three fruits symbolise the Three Abundances: long life, happiness and children. In the sixteenth century, mostly potters at Jingdezhen substituted underglaze copper-red with overglaze iron-red which was much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. Inside two dragons chasing a flaming pearl are incised into the walls and there is a Wanli reign mark in underglaze blue in a double ring inside the cup in the centre.
Porcelain with incised, underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze copper red with three single fruits around the outside: peach, pomegranate and persimmon. Two five-clawed dragons incised into the body on the inside. Inscription in a roundel in the centre.
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