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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.619

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, straight mouth rim and low foot ring formed from a recessed base. There are two dragons amid clouds and waves in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior, separated from each other by two roundels, each enclosing characters, with another character in a double circle in underglaze cobalt blue on the interior. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 millimetres
    • Diameter: 85 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark on the base.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Inside in the centre
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shou
      • Inscription Translation

        Long life
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Outside on one side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Wan
      • Inscription Translation

        10,000
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Outside on one side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shou
      • Inscription Translation

        Long life
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 619

    Blue-and-white bowl painted with dragons and with a shou character


    Cobalt pigment used for imperial wares during the second half of the sixteenth century has a distinctive strong, dark, and even tone. Government kilns had access to the finest raw materials including imported cobalt. Imported cobalt is far superior to the blue pigment found locally to Jingdezhen in, for example, Leping and Ruizhou. After grinding for a long time, it appeared almost deep purple when fired beneath a transparent blue-tinged glaze. The base has a Jiajing reign mark. Inside is a 壽 shou longevity character and outside the dragons are separated by the characters wanshou 萬壽 meaning eternal long life - a birthday greeting.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.18, no.619 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.25, no.619 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.619

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, straight mouth rim and low foot ring formed from a recessed base. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two dragons amid clouds and waves on exterior, separated from each other by two roundels, each enclosing characters. Inside, in a double circle, is another character. Mark on base,

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, straight mouth rim and low foot ring formed from a recessed base. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two dragons amid clouds and waves on exterior, separated from each other by two roundels, each enclosing characters. Inside, in a double circle, is another character. Mark on base,

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