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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.493

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with straight rim. The saucer has a white body and is covered with a white glaze. There is an incised roundel design of two dragons among clouds on the interior. There is grit on the foot ring.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 millimetres
    • Diameter: 145 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明隆慶年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Longqing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Longqing reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:

    PDF 493

    Dish with clear glaze


    This saucer-dish is decorated on the interior with an incised roundel design of two dragons among clouds. On the base it carries an underglaze blue Longqing reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and clear glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–1572

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  • Location

    G95/dc44/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.493

White porcelain saucer with straight rim and covered with a white glaze.  Decorated on the interior with an incised roundel design of two dragons among clouds.  Grit on the foot ring.

White porcelain saucer with straight rim and covered with a white glaze. Decorated on the interior with an incised roundel design of two dragons among clouds. Grit on the foot ring.

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