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    Porcelain libation vessel of ancient bronze jue form with three legs, a loop handle and two short columns rising from the rim. Covered in dark blue glaze, with two five-clawed dragons, a flaming pearl and cloud reserved in white. Traces of gilding on the biscuit. There is an inscription on the base.

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    • 1522-1566
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 156 millimetres
    • Width: 147 millimetres
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        Six-character Jiajing mark in slip under the blue glaze on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF A561

    Cup in the form of an ancient bronze jue

    Chinese emperors required innovative glazes, they also commissioned wares which followed historic styles. This high-fired cup is archaistic in two senses. Firstly it is modelled in the form of an ancient bronze ritual vessel made for heating wine called a jue. Furthermore contrasting white dragons on a blue ground evoke some of the finest porcelains of the early fourteenth century. The first Ming emperor, Hongwu (AD1368–98) already ordered white porcelain vessels of this jue form for ritual use.

    Porcelain with cobalt-blue glaze, reserved biscuit and slip decoration and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD1522–66


  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 145, pl. CXLIV bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.38, no.A561 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.38, no.A561, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.43, no.96, mark p.47 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'There is a similar cup in the British Museum, and another in the Kano Collection (Catalogue, 1932, Vol IV, PL.LIV).'

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