- Museum number
Porcelain bottle of yuhuchun ping form with flaring mouth rim. Underglaze blue with two song birds on a flowering prunus branch. Bands of scrolling flowers and scrolls on neck. Ruyi heads just below mouth rim, squared spirals on the foot and plantain leaves rising from the base.
- Production date
Diameter: 186 millimetres
Height: 335 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Ming early 15th century
Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white bottle with a pair of birds
Following the earlier Yuan tradition, the decoration of this 玉壺春瓶 (yuhuchun ping ‘bottle’) is divided into horizontal bands with the most important scene around the centre. It is beautifully painted with two birds turning towards each other, perched on a flowering prunus branch which encircles its sides. Craftsmen used imported cobalt which fired unevenly, giving shades of blue ranging from pale blue to almost black, resulting in a “heaped and piled” effect. There are dense areas, lightly applied areas and parts such as the birds tummies left white with just a blue outline.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24
- On display (G95/dc56)
- Exhibition history
2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'
- Acquisition notes
- Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Wu Laixi (Wu Lai-hsi) Collection, Peking.
PDF card: Wu Lai-hsi Collection, Peking
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