Kamcheng

The origin of the word 'kamcheng' is uncertain. It has been interpreted variously as a Hokkien term for 'covered jar' or more literally, 'covered teacup'. In Mandarin, the term translates into 'gai zhong' (盖重, 'covered soup measure'). The kamcheng has various functions and was made in a wide variety of sizes and colours. In general, it was used for storing drinking water, soups, desserts, and pickles for special occasions. The miniature versions like this example were used as cosmetic containers while the largest ones were reportedly used as decorative status symbols for wealthy families.

Date/Period
Guangxu period (1875-1908), Qing dynasty
Region
China
Dimension
Gross measurement: H : 20.8 x Dia : 20.8cm (without handles)
Accession No.
2005-01517
Material
Porcelain
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Ceramics