Ming Dynasty Jingdezhen Kilns Blue and White Porcelain Bowl with Sanskrit Characters Design


A blue and white porcelain bowl fired in the private kilns of Jingdezhen around the middle of the Ming dynasty and was excavated from the shipwreck site. It forms a gently distorted shallow shape, with Sanskrit characters interior and exterior and a “龍(dragon)” character in the center of the interior. The Sanskrit pattern is one of the new designs that began in the Ming dynasty and was later introduced to Japan and used for Imari ware. This piece has the unique brush stroke of the Sanskrit character, which means “壽 or萬 (longevity),” and the chic alteration in texture that occurred in the sea.

Although there are glaze flakings and aging on the rim, the gloss remains entirely, and the condition is generally good.

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