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Title

Tea bowl


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

Script surrounding the bowl reads:
'The colour of plum blossoms is lovely;
The 'Buddha's fingers' is fragrant and pure.
The taste of the pine seeds is delicious;
These three are rare good things;
They are prepared in a cauldron
And enriched with a basket of snow.
The way in which the water boils shows the strength of the fire;
The steam now appears and now vanishes.
The beverage for the Immortals is poured into a Yue bowl,
Whilst the Buddhist teachings are discussed in a humble cottage.
The five attributes - form, perception, consciousness, action and knowledge -
Can be understood but cannot be easily explained.
The fragrant and delicious drink is clear;
It will be admired as a piece of brocade.
Wu Quan may be still taking it;
Lin Pu would like it in his time.
I am disinclined to mention the tea of Zhaozhou,
Smiling at the eccentricities of Yuchuan.
I listen to the water clock in the cold night,
With the old moon looking like a jade crescent hanging in the sky.
Having drunk wine after the affairs of state,
I take an endless interest in writing verses.

Written by the Emperor Qianlong (AD 1711-1799) in the 10th month of the cyclical year Pingyin (13 November - 11 December, 1746)

'Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain', AGNSW, 1980, pg.54


Details


Other Title

Tea bowl with poem by Emperor Qianlong


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

1736-1795


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with 'rouge de fer' (iron red) enamel decoration


Dimensions

5.5 x 10.6 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1983


Location

Not on display


Accession number

212.1983


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 10 (illus.). cat.no. 1

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 7. cat.no.1.17