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Stemcup with Lotus Design in Doucai Enamels
C1981.0018
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

With its well-balanced form, its thin, light porcelain body and its finely painted decoration, this stemcup ranks among the finest doucai enamelled wares of the period.

History of the Object
The use of doucai enamels began in the Xuande period of the Ming dynasty, but the technique was brought to maturity in the Chenghua period. The term doucai, literally "contesting colours", refers to the coexistence of underglaze and overglaze decorations on the same item. This doucai stemcup has gently curved sides, a deep belly and a tall, splayed stem foot. The exterior is decorated with a lotus design, where the petals and leaves are outlined in underglaze blue and filled in with overglaze red, yellow and green. A single line border in underglaze blue marks the interior and exterior of the mouth rim and is repeated on the splayed foot. The base of the splayed stem is hollow. The base bears a six-character mark of the Chenghua period inscribed in underglaze blue in two columns of regular script.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
Height: 8 cmDiameter of mouth: 6.1 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
15th Century; 1465 - 1487; Ming Dynasty; Mark and period of Chenghua 
Function
Cup 
Acquisition
Acquired by the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1981 
Copyright
Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Government of the HKSAR All rights reserved 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Government property, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 
Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Art 
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