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  • Museum number

    PDF.498

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with everted rim. The dish has a white body covered with a blue toned glaze. There is an underglaze slip 'anhua' design of dragons chasing a flaming pearl.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 39 millimetres
    • Diameter: 192 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 498

    Dish with dragon chasing pearl


    Some of the finest white porcelains were made during the Yongle emperor’s reign. Craftsmen added an 暗花 (anhua ‘secret or hidden decoration’) of raised slip, showing two five-clawed dragons chasing each other and their flaming pearls inside. This pattern is only visible when held to the light.


    Porcelain with anhua decoration and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403-1424

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  • Location

    G95/case40/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.498

White porcelain saucer with everted rim, covered with a blue toned glaze.  Decorated with underglaze slip 'anhua' design of dragons chasing a flaming pearl.

White porcelain saucer with everted rim, covered with a blue toned glaze. Decorated with underglaze slip 'anhua' design of dragons chasing a flaming pearl.

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