This is an 18th century copy of a well-known 15th century Ming type inexplicably known as a 'dice' bowl. It is heavily potted, being one centimetre thick at the top edge. The plain interior is much abraded, suggesting that the article has been properly used as a mortar.
Hepburn Myrtle, 'Chinese Porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1977. p30
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
12.0 x 28.9 cm
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1966, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Apr 1967–07 May 1967
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977
Referenced in 3 publications
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 7, 30. cat. no. 55. See Further Information for text.
Elizabeth Knight (Editor in Chief), Orientations, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 101 (colour illus.). fig.9
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 125 (colour illus.).