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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.697

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. There are children playing on terrace in underglaze cobalt blue in the centre of the interior, a band of a lotus pond around the top of the interior, and a band of overlapping ruyi heads on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 millimetres
    • Diameter: 314 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬厲年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 697

    Dish with eleven boys at play
    This dish is decorated with a central scene of eleven boys playing in a garden. It carries an underglaze blue Wanli reign mark on the base. The Wanli emperor fathered eleven sons but three died in infancy. He also fathered ten daughters, eight of whom died prematurely. Designs popular on porcelain also appear on textiles and lacquer wares in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Archaeologists discovered a woman’s short silk jacket, decorated with the theme of ‘One Hundred Boys Playing’ 百子嬉戲, at the Ding Ling 定陵, the Wanli emperor’s mausoleum.
    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮 Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 166 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.31, no.55, mark p.47 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.34, no.697, pl.IV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.51, no.697, colour p.44 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.697

Porcelain dish woth rounded sides decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Children playing on terrace in the centre, with a band of a lotus pond around the cavetto. Band of overlapping ruyi heads on exterior. Mark on base.

Porcelain dish woth rounded sides decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Children playing on terrace in the centre, with a band of a lotus pond around the cavetto. Band of overlapping ruyi heads on exterior. Mark on base.

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