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Brush pot

Brush pot

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    first half of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, incised, glazed

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 7, shelf 3

Physical description

Brush pot of drum-shaped, with three round and one oblong holes on the top and a small hole in the centre of a raised disc. Porcelain with coloured glazes. On the sides is a sunk belt of lotus scrolls incised and washed with aubergine, and neutral glazes on a turquoise ground; bordered by bands of violet-purple with a ring of studs on each. The top is violet-purple and turquoise and the base is yellow.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


first half of 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, incised, glazed

Marks and inscriptions

'da ming nian zhi' incised in a double ring
Made in the great Ming dynasty


Diameter: 13.1 cm

Descriptive line

Brush pot, porcelain with coloured glazes, China, Ming dynasty, first half of 16th century

Production Note





Glazed; Incised

Subjects depicted

Lotus flowers


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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