HONGZHI 1488 – 1505 or ZHENGDE 1506 – 1521. Ming Porcelain.
A Ming Blue and White Porcelain Bowl, Hongzhi 1488-1505 or Zhengde 1506-1521. Decorated on the Outside with Scrolling Lotus, the Interior with Similar Decoration but with the Inclusion of Tibetan / Sanskrit Characters, This is a Mantra, a Sound Chanted to Promote Concentration by Buddhists.
Good, numerous crazing especially around the base which is slightly discoloured. A small chip to the rim c.7 x 3 mm. This bowl has been cleaned after the photograph was taken and the glaze is now brighter, the black line, which is not a crack, that you can see in the photograph has reduced considerably.
Pieces like the present Blue and White Ming Porcelain example have traditionally been referred to as `Provincial Blue and White Porcelain` because the potting and painted appear as being some what rustic. Sometimes `provincial` pieces have a great strength and freedom that can be lacking in more refined objects. Recent research in China has shown that there was little Blue and White Porcelain produced outside the main kiln complex of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province. The exception might be Dehua in Fujian province but the Blue and White Porcelain production from those kilns is distinct from the kilns at Jingdezhen.
For a Hongzhi 1488-1505 or Zhengde 1506-1521 bowl of this type of design see : Lost at Sea, The Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk (Franck Goddio, Monique Crick, Peter Lam, Stacey Pierson, Rosemary Scott, Periplus Press, 2002). ISBN 1-902699-13-0. Page 177 plate 212.