Blue-and-white vase in double-gourd formOn display
Contact us about this object
Blue-and-white vase in double-gourd form
Associated peopleJiajing, Emperor of China (ruled 1522 - 1567) (commissioner)
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue
Dimensions48 cm (height)
25.7 cm (diameter)
at base 17.5 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
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.
Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Silk. A Cultural History (London: The British Museum Press, 2004), pp 161, 165, fig. 105 on p. 165