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Tomb vessel: C.639A-1991

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Current Location: In storage


tomb vessel






Tomb vessel. Porcelain, covered with clear glaze encrusted with red dirt, and decorated with incised lotus petals and applied figures. The vessel has a wide, cylindrical neck with horizontal rings on the inside made with a wheel. On the shoulders and the body are seven figures standing on an applied scroll band, incised with lotus petals. The figures represent two tomb guardians holding swords, and five figures in robes holding, with two hands, buttons of office which rest against their chins. The body tapers into a slightly everted foot with a recessed, flat base.
Of a pair with C.639B-1991.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 12 July 1934, for £6.5s.0d, Lot 15, Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 17.7 cm
Height: 25.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Northern Song (960-1127)
Circa 960 - 1127

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, each covered with clear glaze encrusted with red dirt, decorated with incised and applied decoration
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round, white label, with serrated edge

  • Text: 242
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: faded purple Custom's stamp

  • Location: On base
  • Type: Stamp

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.639A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21018
Old object number: CHICER/274 (2)
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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