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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.605

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with thick rounded sides and a low foot ring with a slightly recessed base. The bowl has mottled blue glaze with an orange peel texture on the exterior. There is an inscription in the centre under a colourless glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Diameter: 252 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        In the centre inside the bowl
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double ring (to be checked) in the inside
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF 605

    Dice bowl with ‘snowflake blue’ glaze


    The Xuande emperor, despite reigning for just ten years, commissioned an extraordinary variety of forms and patterns from the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. Both the deep shape and glaze of this bowl used in a dice-throwing game were an innovation of his reign. Potters covered the outside with a blown-on, low temperature, lead-fluxed glaze coloured by cobalt oxide. Chinese connoisseurs called this glaze雪花藍 (xuehualan ‘snowflake blue’ ) to poetically describe the mottled white splodges which resemble snowflakes amid the tones of blue. Surviving examples are very rare.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue mark, ‘snowflake blue’ and transparent glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 124, pl. CXXIII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.16, no.605 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.69, no.34 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 22-23, no.605 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 36-37, no.10 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case18/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.605

Porcelain bowl with thick rounded sides and a low foot ring with a slightly recessed base. Mottled blue glaze with an orange peel texture on exterior. Inscription on centre under a colourless glaze.

Porcelain bowl with thick rounded sides and a low foot ring with a slightly recessed base. Mottled blue glaze with an orange peel texture on exterior. Inscription on centre under a colourless glaze.

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