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Blue-and-White Carafe with royal monogram and bat motifs

Jingdezhen Kiln

Artwork Details

Blue-and-White Carafe with royal monogram and bat motifs
circa 1874
Jingdezhen Kiln
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
12 3/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in (31.5 cm x 14 cm x 14 cm);12 3/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in (31.5 cm x 14 cm x 14 cm)
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
2005/1.461A&B

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

March 28, 2009
Blue-and-white Chinese porcelains such as this carafe were created in China, possibly in Jingdezhen area, during the reign of King Rama V (1868–1910) for the Thai court or noblemen. They often include inscriptions along with motifs and repetitive patterns of the highly stylized initials of Rama V, as seen in the geometric designs here. The inscription in the medallions indicates the year 1236, which translates to 1874 in the Western calendar. The bat motif above the pair of medallions is a popular design in China because the pronunciation of the character for bat (fu) is identical to that for blessing.
(Label for UMMA South and Southest Asia Gallery Opening Rotation, March 2009)

Subject Matter:

Blue-and-white ceramics in Chinese style such as this were created in China (possibly Jingdezhen, the center of Chinese ceramic production) during the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910) and used by members of the royal family. They were decorated in a variety of patterns and includes inscriptions along with motifs, and repetitive patterns of the highly stylized initials of Rama V. The bat motif is traditionally a popular design in China, because the pronunciation of the character for “bat” (fu) is identical to that for “blessing.”

Physical Description:

It is a porcelain carafe with blue underglazing, with design of stylized acronym of King Rama V of Thailand (1868-1910), his name and reign in medallions with bat motifs and ribbons, and flower and leaf scrolls.

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