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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.717

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with deep rounded sides and everted rim. There are incised five-clawed dragon in green enamel on glazed white ground on the interior, and two similar dragons against a background of incised waves on the exterior on a background of incised waves. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 85 millimetres
    • Diameter: 184 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明正德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Zhengde reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Zhengde mark in a double circle on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhende 1505-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF 717

    Bowl with green dragons


    Potters incised this bowl with a design of dragons chasing flaming pearls. This was covered in a wax resist and the dish was then dipped in clear glaze and given a high-temperature firing. The bowl was then painted with green enamel on the biscuit areas but also over the clear glaze for details such as the dragons’ whiskers and flames. The base carries a six-character underglaze cobalt-blue Zhengde reign mark.


    Porcelain with incised, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and green enamel
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–1521

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.21, no.37 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.24, no.717, colour p.17 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.88, no.84 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.717

Porcelain bowl with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Incised five-clawed dragon in green enamel on glazed white ground on inside, two similar dragons on exterior on a background of incised waves. Mark on base.

Porcelain bowl with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Incised five-clawed dragon in green enamel on glazed white ground on inside, two similar dragons on exterior on a background of incised waves. Mark on base.

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