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    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. There is an incised and painted dragon with clouds, waves and rocks in green copper overglaze enamel in the centre of the interior, and two incised and painted dragons on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 43 millimetres
    • Diameter: 178 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:

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    Dish with green dragons

    Potters incised this dish 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 dish 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 Chenghua reign mark.

    Porcelain with incised, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and green enamel
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD 1465–1487


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 112 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.17, no.20 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.75, no.67 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 21-22, no.707 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 94-95, no. 38 bibliographic details
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Porcelain saucer with rounded sides. Three dragons, clouds, waves and rocks incised before glazing; dragons left in resist, then painted with green copper enamel. Mark on base.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides. Three dragons, clouds, waves and rocks incised before glazing; dragons left in resist, then painted with green copper enamel. Mark on base.

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