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  • Object type

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  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has rich copper red glaze, white at the rim. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 82 millimetres
    • Diameter: 187 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF A529

    Bowl with copper-red glaze

    ‘Sacrificial’, fresh or deep red monochrome-glazed porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande era represents the peak of technical achievement at Jingdezhen. As vessels ordered for ritual use by the early fifteenth century Ming emperors, they enjoy a status above that of other porcelains. The skills used to create these extraordinary red glazes were lost in China from the mid-fifteenth century until they were rediscovered in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The glaze has ‘crept’ at the rim of the bowls to reveal the pure whiteness of the porcelain body. The glassy glaze is covered in tiny pin prick holes like skin pores and the colour possesses an incredible powdery depth, yielding layer upon layer of strong red shades of colour.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and copper-red glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.33, no.A529 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.34, no.A529 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.61, no.44 (copper red bowl) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.64, no.34 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.67, no.32 (p.94, mark on base) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.91, no.88 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc61

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Porcelain bowl. Covered in rich copper red glaze, white at the rim. Plain glazed base with inscription.

Porcelain bowl. Covered in rich copper red glaze, white at the rim. Plain glazed base with inscription.

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