Wucai ware vase with fish amid wavesOn display
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Wucai ware vase with fish amid waves
Associated peopleWanli, Emperor of China (ruled 1573 - 1620) (commissioner)
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue and polychrome overglaze enamels
Dimensions17.3 cm (height)
10.1 cm (diameter)
at base 5.8 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
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.