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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.512

  • Description

    Porcelain drum-shaped flower-holder with circular central aperture surrounded by one rectangular and four circular apertures, with bands of bosses at the top and bottom of sides. The flower holder has slightly mottled turquoise glaze. The base is unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 73 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 15th-16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A512

    Brush stand turquoise glaze


    This stand has bossess around the sides which suggest the studs for stretching a skin on a drum. Similar stands were made with underglaze blue decoration.


    Porcelain with turquoise glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1488–1550

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott 1989 p.31, no.A512 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 pp 30-31, no.A512 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc28/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.512

Drum-shaped porcelain flower holder with circular central aperture surrounded by one rectangular and four circular apertures. Bands of bosses at top and bottom of sides. Covered in turquoise glaze, slightly mottled. Base unglazed.

Drum-shaped porcelain flower holder with circular central aperture surrounded by one rectangular and four circular apertures. Bands of bosses at top and bottom of sides. Covered in turquoise glaze, slightly mottled. Base unglazed.

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