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Tomb vessel: C.639B-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

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tomb vessel

Maker(s)

Unknown

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Description

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. Five of the figures in robes hold (clockwise) animal heads: a goat, monkey, chicken, dog and pig. The other two figures, also in robes, perhaps represent the sun and moon. The body tapers into a slightly everted foot with a recessed, flat base.
Of a pair with C.639A-1991.

Notes

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: 26.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Northern Song (960-1127)
Circa 960 - 1127

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration

Materials used in production

Glaze
Porcelain

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.639B-1991
Primary reference Number: 21020
Old object number: CHICER/274 (2)
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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