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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.538

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. The bowl has yellow glaze, with blacklines at the rim and the base. There are two five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on exterior with key-fret around the foot-ring, and a blue line at the rim and a ring at the bottom under a plain felspathic glaze. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 85 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

        six-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 538

    Bowl with five-clawed dragons among clouds


    This bowl is incised with dragons chasing flaming pearls and is covered with a deep yellow glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze cobalt-blue Wanli reign mark.


    Porcelain with incised decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue mark, yellow glaze and black enamel
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p. 17, no.538 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.17, no.538 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh6

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 March 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Consolidate crack

    Condition

    The bowl was generally stable however there was one long slightly dirty running crack on one side and on the opposite one small clean rim crack.

    Treatment details

    The long running crack was cleaned by applying an Ariel poultice and covering with clingfilm to slow evaporation. The crack was then swabbed with distilled water cotton wool swabs and steam cleaned.

    The crack was left to dry over a few days and then 10% Paraloid B72 was introduced as a consolidant using a micropipette. Any excess adhesive was removed with acetone swabs.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.538

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Yellow glaze, with blacklines at the rim and the base. Two five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on exterior with key-fret around the foot-ring. Blue line at the rim and a ring at the bottom under a plain felspathic glaze. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Yellow glaze, with blacklines at the rim and the base. Two five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on exterior with key-fret around the foot-ring. Blue line at the rim and a ring at the bottom under a plain felspathic glaze. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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