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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.566

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres
    • Diameter: 113 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF A566

    Zun-shaped Vase


    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.39, no.A566 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.39, no.A566 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.91, no.89 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc38/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.566

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.

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