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An image of Tea bowl by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Tea bowl by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Title
Tea bowl
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Period
Jiaqing 1796 - 1820Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
1796-1820
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with 'rouge de fer' (iron red) enamel decoration
Dimensions

5.6 x 10.9 cm

Credit
Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 1999
Accession number
116.1999
Location
Not on display
Further information

The poem composed by Emperor Jiaqing, which runs around the outside of the bowl, dated 1797, reads:

"The best tea is given to the Emperor
While stirring it enjoy the poem in the full moonlight
Brassiere of bamboo with ceramic burner filled with hot coals
Stir hot tea with stone spoons
Boil the water and just when it bubbles with fish or crab eyes
Tea leaves heated by the water stand like flags and guns
One bowl is enough to bring happiness
You taste the Spring tea to keep warm as Spring is here, drinking the tea to avoid the still present chill."

Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW June 2002.

Bibliography (1)

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 35. cat.no. 72

Exhibition history (1)

Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977