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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.610

  • Description

    Porcelain honey pot with a round body, flanged shoulders and cylindrical neck, and cylindrical cover with a flat top. There are two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls in underglaze copper red against a background of waves in underglaze blue. There is a mark on the neck.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 79 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character archaistic Xuande mark in underglaze blue written horizontally on the neck
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 610

    Blue-and-white jar and cover with copper-red dragons


    The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Xuande reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 138, pl. CXXXVII(a) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.17, no.610 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.24, no.610 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.610

Porcelain honey pot with a round body, flanged shoulders and cylindrical neck;  the cover is cylindrical with a flat top.  Two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls in underglaze copper red against a background of waves in underglaze blue. Mark on neck.

Porcelain honey pot with a round body, flanged shoulders and cylindrical neck; the cover is cylindrical with a flat top. Two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls in underglaze copper red against a background of waves in underglaze blue. Mark on neck.

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