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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.710

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with tall rounded sides and flared rim. There is a coiled young dragon with paws in a medallion in underglaze blue and overglaze red enamel in the centre of the interior, and two similar dragons against a red enamel ground on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 66 millimetres
    • Diameter: 120 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明隆慶年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Longqing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Longqing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Longqing mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:

    Bowl with blue dragons on a red ground


    This bowl is decorated with underglaze blue dragons and the base carries a six-character underglaze blue Longqing mark. The Longqing emperor ruled for just six years. During his reign, the imperial kilns were supervised by a succession of local magistrates with no official staying in post for long. Jingdezhen suffered severe flooding during his reign and in AD1571 the kilns were devastated by fire. This bowl has probably been enamelled later in the nineteenth or twentieth century to make it more interesting for collectors.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and red enamel
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–1572 but red enamel added later

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.22, no.710 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.24, no.30 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.30, no.79 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.710

Porcelain bowl with tall rounded sides and flared rim. Underglaze blue and overglaze red enamel. Coiled young dragon with paws in medallion in centre,  two similar dragons on exterior against a red enamel ground. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain bowl with tall rounded sides and flared rim. Underglaze blue and overglaze red enamel. Coiled young dragon with paws in medallion in centre, two similar dragons on exterior against a red enamel ground. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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