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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.525

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The bowl has finely crazed transparent turquoise glaze. There are five-clawed dragons among clouds pursuing pearls, with rocks and waves below incised on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 145 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Kangxi mark in a double ring in blue.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 525

    Bowl with dragons and turquoise glaze


    This bowl is incised with five-clawed dragons among clouds pursuing pearls, with rocks and waves below and covered with a runny turquoise glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Kangxi period


    Porcelain, incised, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and crazed turquoise glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.15, no.525 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.15, no.525 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc38/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Capt. A. T. Warre

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.525

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Finely crazed transparent turquoise glaze. Five-clawed dragons among clouds pursuing pearls, with rocks and waves below incised on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Finely crazed transparent turquoise glaze. Five-clawed dragons among clouds pursuing pearls, with rocks and waves below incised on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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