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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.633

  • Description

    Small porcelain vase of bronze form with two dark blue mask handles. Underglaze blue with scrolling morning glories on neck and body. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 145 millimetres
    • Width: 80 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character archaistic Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base inside the foot
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : mid 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A633

    Vase with morning glory flowers


    This vase is decorated with a morning glory flower scroll in underglaze blue. The form of this vase is based on metalwork probably bronze. Inside the foot is a poorly written Xuande mark in underglaze blue.


    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 1975 Monochrome pl. 105 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.40, no.A633, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.59, no.A633 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc18/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.633

Small porcelain vase of bronze form with two dark blue mask handles. Underglaze blue with scrolling morning glories on neck and body. Inscription on base.

Small porcelain vase of bronze form with two dark blue mask handles. Underglaze blue with scrolling morning glories on neck and body. Inscription on base.

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