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Globular jarlet in underglaze red with lingzhi scroll

14th century

Origin

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi

Medium

Stoneware

Collection

Archaeological Materials

Description

This jarlet features lingzhi (mushroom scrolls), a popular motif in Chinese art because of belief in the plant’s medicinal powers. The design is noticeably diffused. During the Yuan period (1271-1368), Chinese potters experimented with other pigments for underglaze designs. Copper oxide was used to create red patterns, but it often led to blurry and smudged images when fired. For this reason, underglaze red ware from the Yuan dynasty are some of the rarest finds in the Philippines.

Acknowledgement

Roberto T. Villanueva Foundation Collection | On long-term loan to Ayala Museum

Location

Museum Storage

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