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Porcelain gourd vase constructed of four sections. Covered with two yellow glazes on the biscuit. Incised with lotus scroll, band of florets and fungus scroll. Base covered in porcelain glaze, with inscription.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 437 millimetres
- Diameter: 207 millimetres
Inscription CommentJiajing mark and period
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Gourd vase with yellow glazes
As with many Chinese emperors before him, the Jiajing emperor (reigned AD 1522–66) was obsessed with his own immortality. Potters decorated many imperial porcelains with emblems of longevity or other auspicious motifs. The decoration on this gourd shaped vase is unusual as it is painted directly onto the leather hard body in iron brown before covering with a yellow glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period.
Porcelain, incised, painted in iron-brown, with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent glaze on the base and yellow glaze on the biscuit.
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566
PDF card: Acquired from Yamanaka, in June 1938 for £275.
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Object reference number: RRC39465
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