Blue-and-white moon flask or bianhuOn display
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Blue-and-white moon flask or bianhu
Date1403 - 1425
Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue
Object typecontainer vessel flask moon-flask
Dimensions29.5 x 20.5 x 12.5 cm max. (height x width x depth)
width and depth at foot 29.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, in honour of Sir Christopher White's Directorship of the Ashmolean, 1997.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
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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.