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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1573-1620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in white slip on a blue ground

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 8, shelf 5

Physical description

Bulb-bowl with depressed globular body and three short feet. Porcelain with blue glaze outside decorated in white slip with three vases of flowers and insects between them; incised details. White glaze inside and on the base, and the mark of the Wanli period in six characters in blue.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1573-1620 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in white slip on a blue ground

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of the Wanli period in six characters in blue, on the base


Diameter: 21.1 cm

Descriptive line

Bulb-bowl, porcelain decorated in white slip on a blue ground; China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period (1573-1620)

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

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.123, pl.175

Production Note



Porcelain; Slip; Glaze


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Insects; Floral patterns


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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