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  • Place of origin:

    Jiangsu (made)

  • Date:

    14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed porcelain with moulded and incised decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Mrs B. Z. Seligman Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 29, shelf 2

The blue-decorated porcelain from Jingdezhen was highly successful because Chinese potters were able to produce a very white porcelain body. Plain white dishes and bowls were made for the Yuan dynasty court, as white was considered an auspicious colour by the Mongols.

Physical description

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides slightly everted at the rim and thick, square-cut foot. Thick blue-grey glaze discoloured in one place in the firing. Glaze stops short of footring, which together with base is unglazed and burnt reddish. Decorated inside with moulded cranes amid clouds and with two faint indecipherable characters in a classic scroll border, and on the outside rim with an incised band of classic scroll.

Place of Origin

Jiangsu (made)


14th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glazed porcelain with moulded and incised decoration


Height: 7.3 cm, Diameter: 16.6 cm

Object history note

cf. similar bowls in the Barlow collection (C108) and the Percival David Foundation (A455).

Descriptive line

Shufu ware. Bowl, glazed porcelain with moulded crane and cloud design, China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John Chinese and Korean pottery and porcelain London: Lund Humphries, 1964, Seligman collection of Oriental art series II, D237

Labels and date

Bowl of shufu porcelain
China, Jingdezhen, Yuan dynasty, 1300-1400
Museum no. FE.193-1974. Mrs B.Z. Seligman Bequest [2009]

Production Note



Stoneware; Glaze


Moulded; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Cloud; Crane; Scroll-work


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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