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Porcelain bowl with the Three Friends of Winter (pines, prunus and bamboo) in underglaze blue. Horizontal inscription below the rim.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 107 millimetres
- Diameter: 295 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark written horizontally beneath two parallel blue lines
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 horizontal Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue below the rim.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
Porcelain bowl of woshiwan (nest-shaped) form. Underglaze blue with wide band around the sides depicting the Three Friends of Winter (pines, prunus and bamboo). Horizontal inscription below the rim.
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Object reference number: RRC39889
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