A Storage Pit of the Ming Dynasty in Wanjia Town, Sichuan
Chengdu Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology Chongzhou Municipal Office for the Preservation of Cultural Relics
In April of 2005, a storage pit of the Ming Dynasty was discovered in Wanjia Town, Chongzhou City, Sichuan Province. 49 objects were unearthed, including 44 pieces of porcelain, 3 handled tin jars, a bronze basin, and a cup made of conch shell. The porcelains are mainly blue-and-white wares. A few pieces of celadon ware, white-glazed porcelain, and brown painted white-glazed porcelain were also found. Most of these wares were products of the popular kilns of Jingdezhen, dating to the late Ming, specifically from the mid to late Wanli through the Chongzhen period. The latest pieces may be early Qing. Among them, an imitation Song guan ware celadon tripod stove is especially fine, as are several pieces of blue-and-white ware, including 10 bowls inscribed with part of the prose-poem Chibi Fu, 2 high footed bowls with landscape and figure designs, 15 dishes with peach fruit, branch and leaf designs, 2 wall-vases with bamboo, rock, and floral medallions, a handled pot with plantain leaf, figure, and reserved panel designs , and so on. They provide important new materials for the study of porcelain of the late Ming Dynasty.
Excavation of the Xiadongdajie Site of the Early Ming Dynasty in Chengdu, Sichuan
Chengdu Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
From April to July in 2008, archaeologists excavated the Xiadongdajie Site in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province. Artifacts and remains from the Western Han Dynasty to the Ming and Qing Dynasties were found, including roads, brick walls, wells, ash-pits, and a large quantity of pottery, porcelain, coins, and so on. Among them, the remains from the early Ming Dynasty are especially rich, including a great deal of very fine Jingdezhen porcelain in a wide range of glaze colors and types. Some Longquan celadons were also found. This suggests that by this time, the everyday porcelains used by the ordinary people of Chengdu were largely out-of-town products supplied by the porcelain industries of Jiangxi, Zhejiang, and so on. Preliminary analysis suggests that most of the porcelains were likely produced in the Hongwu, Yongle, and Xuande reigns of the early Ming Dynasty, and not later than the Zhengtong, Jingtai, and Tianshun reigns.
A Study of the "Yellow Bird" Paintings of Meng Yujian of the Yuan Dynasty
Very few works by the painter Meng Yujian of the Yuan Dynasty have come down to the present day. But, in recent years, two Yellow Bird paintings have come to light, with seals and signatures including Yu Jian and Meng Tianze . So they may well be Meng Yujian' s works. Besides this, there is a painting Yellow Bird on a Mulberry Branch in the collection of the Palace Museum in Taipei. It was previously regarded as a painting of the Song Dynasty, as the signature on the painting was rubbed away. Since its style accords with that of the newly discovered paintings, Yellow Bird on a Mulberry Branch is probably another one of Meng Yujian' s works. It was stamped with the counterfeit seals Wan Ji Qing Xia and
Xuan He by painting dealers to imitate a Song painting.