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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.593

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted rim. The saucer has brownish copper-red glaze inside and outside, it creeps away from the rim showing a white body. There are three incised clouds in the centre, with two five-clawed dragons moulded round the sides. The base is unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 144 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 593

    Dish with two dragons


    This shallow dish is moulded with two five-clawed dragons pursuing each other around the cavetto, separated by ruyi clouds and with three incised ruyi clouds in the centre. The decoration is semi-obscured by its cloudy copper-red monochrome glaze, which is typical of the Hongwu period. The base is unglazed but treated with a dressing. Such dishes were made at Jingdezhen for imperial ceremonial use. In contrast to the West, in China dragons are traditionally considered to be auspicious. They are regarded as the controllers of the water supply and ultimately came to symbolise imperial authority.


    Porcelain with moulded and incised decoration and copper-red glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Hongwu period, AD 1368–98

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.27, no.593 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.28, no.593 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc55

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.593

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted rim. Brownish copper red glaze on both back and front, paling almost to white at the rim. Three incised clouds in the centre, with two five-clawed dragons moulded round the sides.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted rim. Brownish copper red glaze on both back and front, paling almost to white at the rim. Three incised clouds in the centre, with two five-clawed dragons moulded round the sides.

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