Fragment of repaired bowl with Arabic and Persian inscriptions


Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, Zhengde reign, 1506-1521
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze White porcelain, painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze. Design: inside, border of thunder pattern, in center Arabic Inscription surrounded by foliate scroll band. Outside, 6 circles with Arabic script amid floral motifs.
Jingdezhen ware
H x W: 12.2 x 26.8 cm (4 13/16 x 10 9/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of John A. Pope
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Bowl (fragment)

China, flower, Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, Zhengde reign (1506 - 1521)

From 1945-6 to 1957
John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington D.C., collected between 1945 and 1946 in Beijing, China. [1]

From 1957
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington D.C. [2]


[1] See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. See also object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906 - 1982

Published References
  • John Carswell. Blue and White Chinese Porcelain and its Impact on the Western World. Exh. cat. Chicago. cat. 36, p. 92.
  • Jean Gordon Lee. Ming Blue-and-White: Blue Decorated Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty. Exh. cat. Philadelphia. no. 18.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum