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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 45 millimetres
- Diameter: 67 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationWan yu
Inscription TranslationPrecious object
Inscription CommentTwo characters wan yu (precious object) written vertically in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39873
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