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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The saucer has turquoise glaze on the exterior, plain felspathic glaze on the interior. There are three incised clouds in centre, surrounded by two dragons pursuing pearls and a moulded anhua decoration. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 34 millimetres
- Diameter: 180 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Dish with anhua dragons and turquoise glaze
Craftsmen made this technically accomplished saucer-dish by firing it twice. First, they added an 暗花 (anhua ‘secret or hidden decoration’) of raised slip showing two five-clawed dragons chasing each other and their flaming pearls, in the interior walls and incised three auspicious clouds in the centre into the leather-hard clay. Then they painted a six-character reign mark on the base in underglaze blue and coated the whole dish with a clear glaze. Potters fired the dish at a high-temperature. Next, workers applied a low-temperature turquoise glaze using a brush on the outside of the dish and refired it at a lower temperature, fixing the glaze colour. Archaeologists have excavated dishes of this type at the imperial factory at Zhushan, Jingdezhen.
Porcelain with anhua, underglaze cobalt-blue, transparent and turquoise glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35
Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Turquoise glaze on outside, plain felspathic glaze on interior. Three incised clouds in centre, surrounded by two dragons pursuing pearls and a moulded anhua decoration. Mark in underglaze blue on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38895
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