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  • Museum number

    PDF.702

  • Description

    Zhangzhou Export ware porcelain dish with slightly flattened rim. Swatow type. There is a 'fu' character (good fortune) in turquoise overglaze enamel in the centre, two turquoise dragons with clouds and flames in red and green enamels, medallions containing Chinese characters between flowering peonies, chrysanthemums, plums and lotus in black, red and green in the cavetto, and a chrysanthemum scroll on rim, flower motifs in red on the exterior.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 103 millimetres
    • Diameter: 395 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Inside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        忠;孝;廉;勛; 福
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhong, xiao, lian, xun, fu
      • Inscription Translation

        Loyalty, filial piety, honesty and meritorious contribution
      • Inscription Comment

        Four characters in medallions read 'zhong', 'xiao', 'lian' and 'xun' (loyalty, filial piety, honesty and meritorious contribution). Character in the centre 'fu' (happiness).
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620, 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 702

    Dish with Confucian virtues


    Merchants traded such dishes 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 and designs rendered in free and spontaneous brushstrokes. This example is painted with dragons and with four characters in the cavetto in medallions which are read together忠;孝;廉;勛; 福 'zhong', 'xiao', 'lian' and 'xun' (loyalty, filial piety, honesty and meritorious contribution). The character in the centre is 福 (fu ‘happiness’).

    Porcelain with overglaze turquoise, red and black 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 pl. 163 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.38, no.112 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 15-16, no.702 (colour p.42) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc29/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.702

Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with slightly flattened rim. Swatow type, with red, green, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Character 'fu' (good fortune) in the centre and two turqouise dragons with clouds and flames. Medallions containing Chinese characters in the cavetto, between flowering peonies, chrysanthemums, plums and lotus in black, red and green. Chrysanthemum scroll on rim, flower motifs in red on outside.

Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with slightly flattened rim. Swatow type, with red, green, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Character 'fu' (good fortune) in the centre and two turqouise dragons with clouds and flames. Medallions containing Chinese characters in the cavetto, between flowering peonies, chrysanthemums, plums and lotus in black, red and green. Chrysanthemum scroll on rim, flower motifs in red on outside.

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