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meiping

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.610

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of fruiting branches including peaches, cherries and pomegranate between bands of lappets and plantain leaves. All decorative bands separated by parallel blue lines. Base unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 285 millimetres
    • Diameter: 177 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Yongle or ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A610

    Meiping with fruiting branches


    This meiping 梅瓶 is painted with sprays of peach, loquat, pomegranates, lychee, crab-apple and cherry around the body, with a border of stiff plantain leaves below and pendant petal panels above. Its base is unglazed. Imperial ceramics were relatively expensive to produce as the kilns consumed large quantities of fuel to reach the required high temperatures and the porcelains had to be fired in individual saggars (clay fire boxes). Each of these saggars could only be used once since they vitrified which precluded sufficient circulation of air in the firing.


    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 1976 p.36, no.A610, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.54, no.A610 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 28-29, no.6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc59/s1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.610

Porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of fruiting branches including peaches, cherries and pomegranate between bands of  lappets and plantain leaves. All decorative bands separated by parallel blue lines. Base unglazed.

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