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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.654

  • Description

    Porcelain jar of depressed globular form, with a flat topped cover. The jar is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There are two dragons chasing flaming pearls on the exterior, and a flaming pearl within a scroll border on cover. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 63 millimetres
    • Diameter: 70 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character archaistic Jiajing mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 654

    Jar with cover with two dragons chasing flaming pearls


    The base has an apocryphal four-character underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.24, no.654 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.34, no.654 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc24/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.654

Depressed globular jar made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with a flat topped cover, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two dragons chasing flaming pearls on exterior; a flaming pearl within a scroll border on cover. Mark on base.

Depressed globular jar made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with a flat topped cover, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two dragons chasing flaming pearls on exterior; a flaming pearl within a scroll border on cover. Mark on base.

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