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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. The dish has dark copper red glaze, white at the rim and foot-ring. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres
    • Diameter: 206 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 556

    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. The base carries an incised Xuande reign mark.

    Porcelain with incised mark, transparent and copper-red glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.20, no.556 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.21, no.556 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc48/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department


  • Registration number


Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Dark copper red glaze, white at the rim and foot-ring. Mark on base.

Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Dark copper red glaze, white at the rim and foot-ring. Mark on base.

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