Porcelain vase of ancient bronze zun form with central bulb with four flanges. Covered in finely crazed turquoise glaze outside and as far as central bulb inside. Carved and incised decoration of complex flower sprays in four panels around bulb, with overlapping leaves above and below. Plain white glaze on base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 215 millimetres
- Diameter: 113 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Potters modelled the form of the vase on an ancient bronze wine vessel called a zun. Wealthy aristocrats and generals of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, (about 1600–256 BC), buried bronze vessels as part of ritual eating and drinking equipment for tombs. The shape was transformed into a vase in the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) as catalogues of collections of antiques were published with woodblock-printed illustrations. It was then reproduced in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. This turquoise glaze is very runny and glossy and pools in the lines of the carved flower design.
Porcelain with carved and incised decoration, crazed turquoise glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about 1700–1800
On display: G95/dc38/sh8
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC39468
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.