What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by

Searching...

cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.503

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with dragon-shaped handles. The cup has yellow glaze on the exterior and handles, white glaze on interior. There is a band of confronted dragons in low relief on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40 millimetres
    • Diameter: 78 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        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

        kangxi mark and period
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 503

    Cup with dragons


    This cup 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 cup 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 Kangxi period.


    Porcelain, with relief decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722

    More 

  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.11, no.503 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.11, no.503 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case42/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: PDF 504. Sold at Sotheby's - 15 October 1968.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.503

Porcelain cup with dragon handles. Yellow glaze on outside and handles, white interior. Band of confronted dragons in low relief on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain cup with dragon handles. Yellow glaze on outside and handles, white interior. Band of confronted dragons in low relief on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Copyright SOAS All rights reserved

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: RRC38850

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...