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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.155

  • Description

    Porcelain vase with a long neck, swelling into a bulb below the mouth. The vase has cream crackled glaze. There are moulded dragons on the body, with an incised key-fret around the foot.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 155

    Garlic headed vase with dragons


    Potters in the late Ming and Qing dynasties made copies of Ding wares at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, Zhangzhou in Fujian province and in other southern kilns. This vase is chalky white or ‘rice–coloured’ and potters covered it either with a white slip and a thin transparent glaze with a yellowish cast that crackled during the cooling process or with an opaque white glaze. Connoisseurs once called this type of ceramic 土定 (tu ding ‘earthen Ding ware’). The vase is moulded with a dragon design.


    Underfired porcelain, moulded and with transparent crackled glaze
    Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
    Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 108, pl. CVII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.31, no.97, pl. XI bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Li Mokong Collection, Shanghai.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.155

Porcelain vase with a long neck, swelling into a bulb below the mouth. The vase has cream crackled glaze. There are moulded dragons on the body, with an incised key-fret around the foot.

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