Large dated temple vase, Ming dynasty, dated around AD 1454. Stoneware, porcelain-type, incised, carved and with celadon glaze, Longquan ware 龍泉窯, Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區. Height: 690 millimetres. Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (1952 – 2007). PDF.238. British Museum © Trustees of the British Museum
Longquan porcelain vase with long neck, flared mouth and everted rim. The vase has grey-green glaze. There are concentric rings around the neck above overlapping leaves, lotus and peony scroll bands around the body, and overlapping lotus petals around the lower part. There is an inscription on the neck.
On one side of the neck is a dated dedication in a panel with a lotus leaf above and a lotus flower below. It reads 景泰伍年福里鎮安社信人楊宗信喜捨恭入本寺供養□自身延壽者 (Jingtai wunian Fuli Zhen’an she xinren Yang Zongxin xishe gongru bensi gongyang □ zishen yanshou zhe ‘In the fifth year of the Jingtai period [ AD 1454], the believer Yang Zongxin of the village of Zhen’an in the district of Fuli has respectfully offered this (vase) to the local temple to be placed before the Buddha, with a prayer for long life.’)
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