Porcelain meiping vase. There is a four-clawed dragon carrying a 'lingzhi' fungus in its mouth, with streamers attached to its legs and a bifocated tail in underglaze cobalt blue on the body, and bands of complex lotus panels at the top and bottom. There is a mark on the shoulder.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 592 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon the shoulders
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli period
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Meiping vase with dragon
The organisation of production at Jingdezhen changed radically during the Jiajing to Wanli (AD 1522–1620) era. After 1530, the palace no longer sent officials directly to supervise the kilns. Local officials and members of the Board of Works then alternated that role. Potters produced a wider variety of forms and designs and in larger numbers than at any previous period in Jingdezhen’s history. Despite some individual court orders of more than 100,000 items, the imperial quota accounted for just one per cent of the total output. Many 16th century imperial porcelains, such as this, were made in earlier 15th century styles.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Object reference number: RRC39003