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Tea bowl



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    Other Title
    Tea bowl with poem by Emperor Qianlong
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Qianlong 1736 - 1795 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with 'rouge de fer' (iron red) enamel decoration
    5.5 x 10.6 cm
    Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1983
    Not on display
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    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

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  • 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

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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