cover / bowl
Porcelain bowl with domed cover. There are two five-clawed dragons among clouds in underglaze cobalt blue on the sides and on the lid. There are marks inside the lid and the bowl.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 103 millimetres
- Diameter: 175 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positioninside the lid and the bowl
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Inscription CommentSix character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue inside the lid and the bowl
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
Box-bowl and cover
The shape of this bowl with its angular profile and slightly domed cover was invented in the Xuande era and is called a 盒碗 (hewan ‘box bowl’). Porcelain decorators painted it with a dragon on both sides chasing a flaming pearl among clouds using underglaze cobalt-blue. The bowl is marked inside with a six-character Xuande reign mark in a double ring which is repeated inside the cover.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande marks and period, AD1426–35
On display: G95/dc59/s3
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Object reference number: RRC39018
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