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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.708

  • Description

    Porcelain hexagonal box with cover and open panelwork sides. There are medallions of dragons in clouds and flames in under- and over- glaze enamels on a green ground, bordered top and bottom by raised bands of red hexagon and petal diaper.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 124 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming second half 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 708

    Hexagonal wucai box


    Potters decorated this box in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green.


    Porcelain with moulded, underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 156 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 141, pl. CXL bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.22, no.708 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.31, no.81, pl. VII bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 84-85, no. 33 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Asami Collection. PDF card: Asami Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.708

Hexagonal porcelain box with cover and open panelwork sides. On biscuit and overglaze coloured enamels. Medallions of dragons in clouds and flames on a green ground, bordered top and bottom by raised bands of red hexagon and petal diaper.

Hexagonal porcelain box with cover and open panelwork sides. On biscuit and overglaze coloured enamels. Medallions of dragons in clouds and flames on a green ground, bordered top and bottom by raised bands of red hexagon and petal diaper.

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