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    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 103 millimetres
    • Diameter: 175 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        inside the lid and the bowl
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue inside the lid and the bowl
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 684

    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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 85 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.31, no.684 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.49, no.684 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 50-51, no.17 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 64-65, no.30 bibliographic details
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Porcelain bowl with domed cover, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two five-clawed dragons among clouds on the sides and also on lid. Marks inside lid and bowl.

Porcelain bowl with domed cover, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two five-clawed dragons among clouds on the sides and also on lid. Marks inside lid and bowl.

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