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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.523

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. The bowl has brown-black glaze. There are incised dragons around the exterior and a dragon and phoenix in the centre. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40 millimetres
    • Diameter: 175 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Jiajing mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 523

    Dish with brown-black glaze


    This dish is incised with dragons around the outside and a dragon and phoenix in the centre. The base carries a six-character Jiajing reign mark in underglaze blue. Outside and inside it is decorated with an iron-brown glaze.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, incised and with iron-brown glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.15, no.523 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.15, no.523 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case44/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.523

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Sepia glaze. Incised dragons around the outside and a dragon and phoenix in the centre. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Sepia glaze. Incised dragons around the outside and a dragon and phoenix in the centre. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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