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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.618

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 151 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬曆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty Wanli reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF B618

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.57, no.B618 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.80, no.B618 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.618

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.

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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