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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.236

  • Description

    Longquan porcelain dish. The dish has crackled greyish green glaze. There is a peony spray in low relief in the centre, with overlapping lotus petals on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 116 millimetres
    • Diameter: 483 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        元佑年造
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yuan you nian zao
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Yuanyou period’ [AD 1086–94].
      • Inscription Comment

        apocryphal
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan-Ming 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 236

    Large dish with an inscription


    This large celadon dish is carved in the centre with a peony spray in low relief and with lotus petals. On the base has an apocryphal inscription in low relief 元佑年造(Yuan you nian zao ‘Made in the Yuanyou period’ [AD 1086–94]). Yuan you was the reign title for a Northern Song dynasty emperor. Also known as 宋哲宗 Song Zhesong.


    Stoneware, carved and with crackled celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Ming dynasty, AD 1400–1500

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 49, pl. XLVIII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.15, no.25 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.32, no.236 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case6/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.236

Longquan porcelain dish.  The dish has crackled greyish green glaze. There is a peony spray in low relief in the centre, with overlapping lotus petals on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

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