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Jar

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    second half of 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given from the Bloxam Collection

  • Museum number:

    C.116-1928

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Jar of porcelain, painted in underglaze blue with scenes from the drama "Xi Xiang Ji" (The West Chamber). Of bulbous form with wide mouth and broad base, unglazed underneath. Round the middle are two landscape scenes, one with a lady sitting beside a table, on which is a smoking incense-burner, approached by an attendant carrying a harp in its case, the other with a lady and attendant standing beside a large tripod; in both scenes the constellation of the Great Bear is depicted in the sky. Round the base of the jar is a border of panels containing detached flowers; on the shoulder below narrow borders of fret-pattern and scrollwork, a row of panels of cloud-scroll outline each enclosing a phoenix.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

second half of 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

Dimensions

Height: 19.1 cm, Diameter: 16.5 cm

Descriptive line

Jar, porcelain painted in underglaze blue with scenes from the drama "Xi Xiang Ji" (The West Chamber), China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, second half of 15th century

Production Note

Label

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Frets (patterns); Cloud scrolls; Landscapes; Flowers; Phoenix birds; Figures

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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