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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1522-1566 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given from the Bloxam Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 6, shelf 5

Physical description

Ewer of porcelain. Body pear-shaped with flattened sides, on each of which is a panel of lotus-petal outline painted with a phoenix among lotus scrolls; sprays of stylised chrysanthemum and lotus amongst cloud scrolls are scattered over the remaining surface. The narrow neck expands to a short vertical rim and is decorated with vertical date-palm leaves above a band of fret-pattern. Round the spreading foot a border of cloud scrolls. The loop handle and long curved spout (united by link to the neck) are painted with flowers.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1522-1566 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

Marks and inscriptions

'da ming Xuande nian zhi' in a double circle, in underglaze blue
Made in the Xuande period of the great Ming dynasty


Height: 21.9 cm, Width: 15.9 cm

Descriptive line

Ewer, porcelain painted in underglaze blue, China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty (with Xuande mark)

Production Note





Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Cloud scrolls; Lotus flowers; Chrysanthemum; Frets (patterns)


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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