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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.722

  • Description

    Square porcelain box. There is a four-clawed dragon amid clouds in on-biscuit green enamel on a yellow enamel ground on the top, and incised wave patterns around the sides. Mark on the base, which has yellow glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 29 millimetres
    • Depth: 29 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        正德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Zhengde reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Zhengde mark incised on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 722

    Square box with dragon


    The cover of this box is decorated with a four-clawed dragon among clouds and the outside carries a wave pattern. The base is incised with an apocryphal six-character incised Zhengde reign mark. In contrast to the West, in China dragons are traditionally considered to be auspicious. They are regarded as the controllers of the water supply and are thus often shown with clouds and waves and ultimately came to symbolise imperial authority.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and on-the-biscuit green and yellow enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.26, no.722 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.47, no.38 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.p.55, no.192 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh6

  • Condition

    The box contains small traces of cinnabar-based seal paste. This compound contains mercury, which is harmful is ingested: ensure that disposable gloves are worn when when handling this object.

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.722

Square porcelain rouge box. Green enamel applied to the biscuit on a yellow enamel ground. Incised four-clawed dragon amid clouds on top; incised wave patterns around the sides. Mark on yelllow glazed base.

Square porcelain rouge box. Green enamel applied to the biscuit on a yellow enamel ground. Incised four-clawed dragon amid clouds on top; incised wave patterns around the sides. Mark on yelllow glazed base.

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