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  • Museum number

    PDF,B.602

  • Description

    Small round porcelain box with high domed cover. Underglaze blue with scene from The West Chamber (Xixiang ji) on lid, in which scholar Zhang and Yingying embrace in a room while watched by her maid from outside. Landscape scene on lower half. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 67 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        玩玉
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Wan yu
      • Inscription Translation

        Precious object
      • Inscription Comment

        Two characters wan yu (precious object) written vertically in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B602

    Box with a scene from the Romance of the Western Chamber


    西厢记 (Xixiang Ji ‘The Romance of the Western Chamber’) has been described as China’s most popular traditional romantic comedy. Cui Yingying is the daughter of the chief minister of the Tang court and she falls in love with Zhang Sheng, a young scholar but he must prove himself worthy of her by making his name in the civil service examinations before he can marry her. There are two characters玩玉 (wan yu ‘precious jade’) written vertically in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 59, no. 55 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.53, no.B602 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.75, no.B602 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.602

Small round porcelain box with high domed cover. Underglaze blue with scene from The West Chamber (Xixiang ji) on lid, in which scholar Zhang and Yingying embrace in a room while watched by her maid from outside. Landscape scene on lower half. Inscription on base.

Small round porcelain box with high domed cover. Underglaze blue with scene from The West Chamber (Xixiang ji) on lid, in which scholar Zhang and Yingying embrace in a room while watched by her maid from outside. Landscape scene on lower half. Inscription on base.

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