Shallow porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with six roundels containing scenes of figures in various landscapes in a band of carved latticework. On the interior is a scene of three gentlemen seated at tables with screens behind, observing three figures dressed as warriors in a martial display. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 151 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Bowl with figures and pierced openwork
This small porcelain bowl has roundels framing landscapes with openwork outside and inside with a figure scene. Potters at Jingdezhen used a wider range of figural subjects in the sixteenth century than in earlier times. Although most potters would have been illiterate, this increase in the diversity of figural scenes may indirectly be a response to the wider circulation of illustrated woodblock-printed stories, novels and plays written in the easier to understand vernacular, as opposed to classical, Chinese. The base carries a Wanli reign mark in underglaze blue.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and pierced openwork decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Shallow porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with six roundels containing scenes of figures in various landscapes in a band of carved latticework. On the inside is a scene of three gentlemen seated at tables with screens behind, observing three figures dressed as warriors in a martial display. Inscription on base.
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