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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 54 millimetres
- Diameter: 314 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
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
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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