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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.614

  • Description

    Porcelain bottle of yuhuchun ping form with flaring mouth rim. Underglaze blue with two song birds on a flowering prunus branch. Bands of scrolling flowers and scrolls on neck. Ruyi heads just below mouth rim, squared spirals on the foot and plantain leaves rising from the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 335 millimetres
    • Diameter: 186 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A614

    Blue-and-white bottle with a pair of birds


    Following the earlier Yuan tradition, the decoration of this 玉壺春瓶 (yuhuchun ping ‘bottle’) is divided into horizontal bands with the most important scene around the centre. It is beautifully painted with two birds turning towards each other, perched on a flowering prunus branch which encircles its sides. Craftsmen used imported cobalt which fired unevenly, giving shades of blue ranging from pale blue to almost black, resulting in a “heaped and piled” effect. There are dense areas, lightly applied areas and parts such as the birds tummies left white with just a blue outline.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 73 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 53, no. 48 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.37, no.A614, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.55, no.A614 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 26-27, no.5 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 58-61, no.28 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China' PROMISED

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Wu Laixi (Wu Lai-hsi) Collection, Peking. PDF card: Wu Lai-hsi Collection, Peking

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.614

Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim.  Decorated in underglaze blue. Band of lingzhi fungi below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly on the body.  Glazed base.

Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Band of lingzhi fungi below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly on the body. Glazed base.

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