Blue-and-white stem bowl with lotus flowers and mandarin ducksOn display
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Blue-and-white stem bowl with lotus flowers and mandarin ducks
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue
Dimensions17.8 cm (height)
18 cm (diameter)
at foot 11.5 cm (diameter)
6.8 cm min. (diameter)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Professor A. H. Sayce, 1933.
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.
Piper, David, and Christopher White, Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum: An Illustrated Souvenir of the Collections, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1995), no. 34 on p. 38, illus. p. 38 fig. 34
Chen Xiejun, Chen Kelun, and Lu Minghua, Splendours in Smalt: Art of Yuan Blue-and-white Porcelain, trans. Chen Jie and others (Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, 2012), no. 20 on p.100, illus. pp. 100-101