Underglaze-blue funnel

Ming dynasty, Hsuan-te period (A.D. 1427 1436)
Height: 17.0 cm Depth: 6.4 cm Mouth diameter: 12.5 cm Tube diameter: 1.5 cm

This funnel is made in the shape of a chrysanthemum and is decorated with underglaze-blue motifs on both the interior and the exterior; there is a Hsuan-te reign-mark inscribed on the outside of the mouth-rim.
The underglaze-blue wares of the Hsuan-te period display a wide variety of forms and a rich range of decorative motifs; these were the outstanding porcelains of the Ming dynasty.

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