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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.520

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The bowl has deep copper red glaze, white at the rim. There are lotus panels incised on the exterior at the base. There is a mark on base, which has a bluish-white glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 93 millimetres
    • Diameter: 207 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Xuande mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF 520

    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. Outside is an incised design of lotus lappets. The base carries an incised Xuande mark.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.14, no.520 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.14, no.520 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc48/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.520

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Deep copper red glaze, white at the rim. Lotus panels incised on exterior at the base. Mark on bluish-white glazed base.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Deep copper red glaze, white at the rim. Lotus panels incised on exterior at the base. Mark on bluish-white glazed base.

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