Blue-and-white pen box with foliage and scrollsOn display
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Blue-and-white pen box with foliage and scrolls
Date1st half of the 16th century
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue
Dimensions5.6 x 24.5 x 8.3 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
Glossary of terms
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.
Allan, J. W., ‘Prunus Sprays and Pepper Pots’, Oriental Art, 42/3, (Autumn 1996), p. 18, illus. p. 19 fig. 3