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Longquan porcelain dish with flattened mouth rim, and thick inclined foot rim. The dish has a grey-green glaze. There is a lotus spray in the centre surrounded by a scroll, and four unglazed fish around the interior.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 89 millimetres
- Diameter: 318 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Dish with four fishes
Yuan potters used a new technique to decorate this Longquan dish, creating a design with contrasting orangey-red unglazed (biscuit-fired) areas against rich green glaze. First, they incised aspects of the design, such as the flowers and then covered the whole dish in glaze except for a broad ring on the base, which was left to accommodate a kiln support. Next they applied designs from clay which had been rolled out thin like pastry and pressed-out using small carved moulds. This technique used to apply the four swimming fish is called sprig-moulding.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with incised and applied biscuit-fired decoration and celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
Ming dynasty, AD 1403–35
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Object reference number: RRC38657
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