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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.634

  • Description

    Small covered porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers. Classic scrolls and overlapping petals on lid, with a bud-shaped knop. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 125 millimetres
    • Diameter: 84 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF A634

    Blue-and-white covered jar


    This blue-and-white jar is decorated with a lotus scroll around the body. There is a six-character Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue in a double ring on the base. An extraordinary number of Jiangxi men were employed within the central government during the early to mid-fifteenth century, which may have contributed to maintaining Jingdezhen, located in north-eastern Jiangxi, as the main source of court ceramics


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.40, no.A634, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.59, no.A634 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case18/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.634

Small covered porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers. Classic scrolls and overlapping petals on lid, with a bud-shaped knop. Inscription on base.

Small covered porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers. Classic scrolls and overlapping petals on lid, with a bud-shaped knop. Inscription on base.

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