University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 88-10-68
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Ming Dynasty
Date Made: Chenghua
Early Date: 1465
Late Date: 1487
Technique:Famille Noire
Iconography:Seven Sages of the Bamboo Forest
Credit Line:Bequest of Robert C. Alexander, 1988
Other Number350 - Other Number


Quadrangular with high neck and sloped shoulders. Three color (yellow, green and aubergine) famille noire enamel glazes. Four panels showing careers of the "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Forest". Four most popular Chinese stars around neck. Scroll design border around the lower part of neck and ruyi scepter in each corner with peony flower between each two. Edges and area from rim of mouth to neck of interior glazed with creamy white. Flat foot with square recessed center six character mark in blue reading "made during the reigning years of the Emperor Chenghua, of the great Ming Dynasty".

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