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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.715

  • Description

    Zhangzhou Export ware porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted rim. Swatow-type. There are two pheasant-like birds with landscape in turquoise, black, red and green enamels in the centre of the interior, and fish dragons chasing flaming pearls in turquoise, black and red enamels in the cavetto.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 97 millimetres
    • Diameter: 393 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli (1573-1620) late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 715

    Dish with birds and fish-dragons


    Collectors and scholars called this type of ware ‘Swatow’ after an old Dutch transliteration of Shantou, a port in northern Guangong province, mistakenly believed to have been the port from which they were shipped. Merchants traded them to countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia as well as to Japan and Holland. They are characterised by coarse sandy bases. The designs are all rendered in free and spontaneous brushstrokes.


    Porcelain with polychrome overglaze enamels
    Zhangzhou (‘Swatow’) ware
    Pinghe county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, 福建省, 漳州, 平和縣
    Ming dynasty, about AD1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome no. 161 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.24, no.715 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.38, no.113 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case29/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired Hirooka sale in Osaka, lot 233 in 1918 through Yamanaka.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.715

Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted rim. Two turquoise and black pheasant-like birds in the centre, with landscape in red, green and turquoise enamels. Turquoise and black fish dragons in the cavetto chasing flaming red pearls.

Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted rim. Two turquoise and black pheasant-like birds in the centre, with landscape in red, green and turquoise enamels. Turquoise and black fish dragons in the cavetto chasing flaming red pearls.

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