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tea-bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.610

  • Description

    Set of five tea-bowls. Underglaze blue with stylised flower sprays supporting shou characters. On the interior of each porcelain bowl is a similar flower spray and shou character in a double circle. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 93 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        da Ming nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B610

    Set of five cups with stylised flower sprays


    As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to the Middle East, Europe and Japan. These cups are table wares which were made in sets of five for Japanese clients. Outside they are painted with flowers. The bases have apocryphal大明年製 (da Ming nian zhi ‘made in the Great Ming period’) on their bases. Inside each one is a flower and a 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) character.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1630

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.54, no.B610 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.78, no.B610 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.610

Set of five tea-bowls. Underglaze blue with stylised flower sprays supporting shou characters. On the inside of each porcelain bowl is a similar flower spray and shou character in a double circle. Inscription on base.

Set of five tea-bowls. Underglaze blue with stylised flower sprays supporting shou characters. On the inside of each porcelain bowl is a similar flower spray and shou character in a double circle. Inscription on base.

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