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  • Museum number

    PDF.123

  • Description

    Porcelain cylindrical vase. The vase has ivory glaze. There are four dragon medallions moulded around the centre of the body, with cloud motifs, and two magnolia sprays on the neck.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 123

    Vase with incised dragon medallions


    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’). It is incised with lotus flowers and with dragons arranged in roundels.


    Underfired porcelain, incised 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

    • Medley 1980 p.26, no.72 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.123

Porcelain cylindrical vase.  The vase has ivory glaze. There are four dragon medallions moulded around the centre of the body, with cloud motifs, and two magnolia sprays on the neck.

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