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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.595

  • Description

    Deep porcelain cup. Covered except for foot ring with yellow enamel glaze over plain porcelain glaze. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 81 millimetres
    • Diameter: 121 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark in a circle in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing JiajingRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A595

    Bell-shaped cup with yellow glaze


    This bell-shaped porcelain cup demonstrates the Jingdezhen potters’ use of a low-fired monochrome glaze. This buttercup yellow cup was fired twice: once at a high temperature to fix the underglaze blue reign mark and the transparent glaze and a second time at a lower temperature to fire the iron-pigmented yellow overglaze. The cup's form is innovative to the mid-sixteenth century and was also used for contempory white, blue, and blue-and-white porcelains.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue reign mark, clear and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–66

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.105, no.92 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.44, no.A595 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.44, no.A595 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc57/s4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.595

Deep porcelain cup. Covered except for foot ring with yellow enamel glaze over plain porcelain glaze. Inscription on base.

Deep porcelain cup. Covered except for foot ring with yellow enamel glaze over plain porcelain glaze. Inscription on base.

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