- Museum number
Porcelain mustard pot with underglaze blue decoration. It has a flat circular cover and a notch cut out for a spoon to rest at the rim. The base in unglazed. It is painted in "transtional" style with fan-shaped panels framing waterscapes with pavilions, landscapes or bamboo. The cover is decorated with insects and flowering plants.
- Production date
- 1643 (circa)
Height: 4.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
This vessel, along with BM 1984.0303.7, 8, 6, 16, 19 and BM 1985.1119.38, belongs to a group of 23,000 underglaze-blue decorated pieces recovered from the wreck of an unidentified Asian ship in the South China Sea (Sheaf and Kilburn, 1988, pp. 12 - 80). Its cargo consisted basically of two different types of ware made at Jingdezhen at the end of the Ming dynasty: very late versions of 'kraak' porcelain, such as the dish in the present group, and examples of 'Transitional' porcelain, such as the jar and mustard pots. The discovery of two covers for oviform jar's inscribed with a cyclical date corresponding to 1643 make a fairly precise dating of the wreck possible. This ship may have been on its way to Indonesia, probably carrying besides porcelain, also spices, silk and other commodities for sale to the Dutch, whose East India Company had offices in Batavia, modern Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, Taiwan, National Museum of History, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics
1995 27 Jan-26 Mar, London, BM, G91, East Meets West: Chinese Trade Ceramics in the British Museum
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased at Amsterdam, 14 March 1984, lot 117.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Hatcher Wreck