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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1522-66 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 28

In the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) Jingdezhen became the major ceramic-manufacturing centre of China. Imperial kilns were established to produce fine porcelain for the exclusive use of the emperors. The tradition of inscribing the emperor's reign title on the wares also started in the Ming. This vase of double gourd form is typical of the Jiajing reign period.

Physical description

double gourd shape, red and green enamel

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1522-66 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels


Height: 21.3 cm

Descriptive line

Jiajing double gourd; Cer, China, Ming, polychrome

Labels and date

Vase of double-gourd form
Jiajing reign period (1522-66)
Jiajing mark on base
Jingdezhen kilns, south China

Porcelain with red and green glazes
Museum no.C.943-1935
From the Eumorfopoulos collection, purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee [2007]




East Asia Collection

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