Briefly the archaic script is of type called 'Large Seal Script' popular in the period of the Spring and Autumn Annals (772-481 BCE). According to the inscription it appeared on the inside rim of 'yi' vessel. The translation, very roughly is 'Tian Zhi Zhia [Tian Jijia], copied on a winter day, breathing on the frozen tip of the brush to warm it'.
Dr. Mae Anna Pang in 'Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain', AGNSW, 1980.
Place where the work was made
porcelain, overglaze iron red and black
3.5 x 18.5 cm
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1983
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 2 publications
Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 6 (illus.), 7.
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 27 (illus.). cat.no. 35