What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by



  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted rim. The dish has copper red glaze, creeping away from the rim too reveal a white body. There are three incised clouds in the centre, with moulded anhua dragons.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 43 millimetres
    • Diameter: 197 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 560

    Dish with copper-red glaze

    ‘Sacrificial’, fresh or deep red monochrome-glazed porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande era represents the peak of technical achievement at Jingdezhen. As vessels ordered for ritual use by the early fifteenth century Ming emperors, they enjoy a status above that of other porcelains. The glaze has ‘crept’ at the rim of the dish to reveal the pure whiteness of the porcelain body. The glassy glaze is covered in tiny pin prick holes like skin pores and the colour possesses an incredible powdery depth, yielding layer upon layer of strong red shades of colour. In the cavetto is a design of dragons chasing flaming pearls.

    Porcelain with moulded and incised designs, transparent and copper-red glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.21, no.560 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.22, no.560 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Acquisition name

  • Department


  • Registration number


Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted rim. Copper red glaze, white at the rim. Three incised clouds in the centre, with moulded anhua dragons.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted rim. Copper red glaze, white at the rim. Three incised clouds in the centre, with moulded anhua dragons.

Copyright SOAS All rights reserved

Image description



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: RRC38905

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help