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Octagonal vessel: OC.98-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Buff coloured earthenware octagonal vessel of a very soft texture. Used for grinding Chinese ink.
Each facet has a black glazed ground with characters in relief, painted with a brownish yellow glaze. The inscription reads "Just as the sun rises; Just as the Moon is everlasting"


History note: Found at Tek-To, in the Yellow River. Bought from Bluett, 1924

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Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael 1941, received 1946

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.1 cm
Width: 10.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


Ming Dynasty
1368 - 1644

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.98-1946
Primary reference Number: 77879
Oscar Raphael: 34
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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