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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1506-1521 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

A basically rectangular jar with chamfered corners, giving an octagonal cross section. There is a raised rim. There is a prominent ridge round the middle of the body where the top and bottom halves are luted together. The body is decorated predominately in red and green enamels. There are four main registers of decoration. Downwards from the rim these are: 1. leiwen scroll (rim). 2. Birds on branches (long sides), cash diaper (corners), bunches of grapes (short sides). 3. Lotus and chrysanthemum sprays (long sides), floral scroll (corners), scholar on carp (short sides). 4. ruyi head and pearl border. The eight panels of the body are separated by lines of yellow enamel, much abraded.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1506-1521 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

Marks and inscriptions

'da ming Zhengde nian zao' in underglaze blue on base


Height: 17.5 cm, Length: 10.2 cm base, Width: 8.2 cm base

Descriptive line

Jar, porcelain painted in red and green enamels; China, Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period (1506-21)

Production Note





Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Diaper-work; Ruyi; Scrollwork; Chrysanthemum; Lotus flowers; Grapes


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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