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ink-stone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.617

  • Description

    Circular porcelain ink-slab. Unglazed, raised circular area surrounded by deeply recessed channel. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20 millimetres
    • Diameter: 118 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明成化年郭占旟記
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian Guo Zhanyu ji
      • Inscription Translation

        The Chenghua period of the Great Ming [Dynasty], recorded by Guo Zhanfan
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base, an inscription 'Da Ming Chenghua nian Guo Zhanyu ji' (the Chenghua period of the Great Ming [Dynasty], recorded by Guo Zhanfan)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:

    PDF A617

    Ink stone with inscription


    On the base of this ink stone there is an inscription in underglaze blue which reads大明成化年郭占旟記 (Da Ming Chenghua nian. Guo Zhanyu ji ‘the Chenghua period of the Great Ming [Dynasty], recorded by Guo Zhanfan’).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua period, AD 1465–1487

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.37, no.A617 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.56, no.A617 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case19/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.617

Circular porcelain ink-slab. Unglazed, raised circular area surrounded by deeply recessed channel. Inscription on base.

Circular porcelain ink-slab. Unglazed, raised circular area surrounded by deeply recessed channel. Inscription on base.

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