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Large porcelain bowl (gang) with round sides and thickened straight rim. There are two fish dragons, waves and clouds around the body, and a band of classic scrolls between two double rings round the rim and the bottom. There is a mark on the base, which is unglazed. The central hole inside has been plugged.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 566 millimetres
- Weight: 18.5 kilograms
Inscription Positionalong the rim
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Inscription CommentSix character Xuande mark in a horizontal line along the rim
Published PDF date : Ming 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Gang (large bowl) with dragons
This magnificent heavily-potted 缸 (gang ‘bowl’) is painted in underglaze cobalt- blue with a design of two flying dragons amid swirling and crashing waves. The dragons have wings, a long snout and open jaws. Above the band of classic scroll at the thickened rim is a six-character Xuande reign mark. The inside is glazed. Similar, slightly larger Xuande-period fish bowls have been excavated at Zhushan, Jingdezhen. The emperor ordered them to use as aquarium for fish or for growing water plants, either within the palace or in the palace gardens. Technically, potters found them extremely difficult to produce without warping in the kiln. Very few examples survive today.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426—35
Large porcelain bowl (gang) with round sides and thickened straight rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fish dragons, waves and clouds round the body, and with a band of classic scrolls between two double rings round the rim and the bottom. The base is unglazed, and the central hole inside has been plugged. Mark on rim.
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Object reference number: RRC38990
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