Porcelain 'bian hu' flask with underglaze blue decoration and ground-down neck. This 'bian hu' flask has a flattened round body with a central circular depression on either side, a ground-down neck with short waisted section and tapering lug handles at the shoulder. Ingot-shaped knobs are attached midway on either side. The flask stands on a broad quatrefoil foot, glazed inside. Underglaze blue decoration is arranged in concentric bands with a flower head, surrounded by four octofoil cartouches framing single blooms on a ground of spirals. These dense panels are separated by half flowers with honeycomb centres and leaves. Phoenix flying over a ground of scrolling chrysanthemum flowers and foliage are shown in the outer ring. A leaf scroll motif separates the two sides. The foot is adorned with a border of lappets, the neck with plantain leaves and the remains of the upper neck with scrolling foliage.

An00014286 001 l


Made Of
Type of Thing
hu, bian hu; flask
phoenix, flower, bird


Acquired From
Pelland, J Z to The British Museum
Found, Excavated, Collected By
Cummins, Nicholas Marshall


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Made In


Acquired In
1488-1505, circa
Ming dynasty, ["Hongzhi", "probably"]

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