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meiping

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.669

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 592 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on the shoulders
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli period
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 669

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 165 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.28, no.669, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.42, no.669 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 102-103, no. 43 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc21/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.669

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.

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