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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.703

  • Description

    Porcelain rectangular tile. There are two dragons chasing a flaming pearl among ruyi clouds in green lead silicate enamels on a yellow ground.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 279 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Yongle 1403-1424Room 95 label text:

    PDF 703

    Tile with dragons chasing flaming pearl


    The trapezoidal shape of this tile and a similar tile in the V&A Museum, London suggests they came from a circular floor of about 8.5m in diameter. This might have been a pagoda with an octagonal floor-plate (many pagodas are 9-12m in diameter at the base. Potters used this colour combination from the Yongle period onwards as evidenced by excavated material from Jingdezhen where this tile was made. Archaeologists excavated a sherd of a similar tile in Nanjing from the Nanjing Porcelain Pagoda (Da Bao'ensi) and this now in the Nanjing Yishu Xueyuan 南京艺术学院.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and green and yellow enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about 1500–1600 or 1403–1424Dr Clarence Eng: The trapezoidal shape of the two London examples (PDF and V&A) suggests they came from a circular pattern about 8.5m in diameter, which might have been a logical feature for a pagoda with an octagonal floor-plate (many pagodas are 9-12m in diameter at the base). Sherd of a similar tile was excavated in Nanjing from the Nanjing Porcelain Pagoda ( Da Bao'ensi) and is now in the Nanjing Yishu Xueyuan 南京艺术学院.

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.16, no.703 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.21, no.35 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc25/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.703

Rectangular porcelain tile, with green lead silicate enamels on a yellow ground. Two dragons chasing a flaming pearl among ruyi clouds.

Rectangular porcelain tile, with green lead silicate enamels on a yellow ground. Two dragons chasing a flaming pearl among ruyi clouds.

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