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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen, China (made)

  • Date:

    1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Louis Cahen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case F, shelf 2

Physical description

Stemcup of porcelain. The bowl has rounded sides spreading to turned-out lip; the stem is an almost straight hollow cylinder, spread slightly at the foot. The foot-rim is unglazed, with adherent grit. Painted inside the bowl in bright blue is a medallion with a scholar seated under a rock with overhanging trees; a lozenge border encircles the lip. Round the outside above a 'lotus-panel' border is a scene in which scholars appear viewing paintings, discussing texts, playing chess and waiting for a concert. There is a 'stiff leaf' pendant frieze on the stem.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen, China (made)


1550-1600 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue


Height: 11.1 cm, Diameter: 14.9 cm

Descriptive line

Stemcup, porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue; China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, 1550-1600


Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Foliation (pattern); Lozenges; Scholars


Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection code


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