Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly thickened everted rim. The bowl has uneven yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There is a single dragon in centre, with two five-clawed dragons pursuing pearls among clouds incised on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 75 millimetres
- Diameter: 173 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription Commentwanli mark and period
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Bowl with dragons
This bowl demonstrates an attractive use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. This colour glaze was used to decorate court porcelain for some five hundred years of the imperial era in China from AD 1403 to AD 1911. Potters fired the bowl twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to1320 °C and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Wanli period.
Porcelain, incised, with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and yellow glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly thickened everted rim. Uneven yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Single dragon in centre, with two five-clawed dragons pursuing pearls among clouds incised on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38865