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  • Museum number

    PDF.475

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with flattened rim. The dish has blue toned glaze. There is an incised design of two winged horses among clouds on the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17 millimetres
    • Diameter: 115 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Jiajing mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 475

    Dish with two winged horses among clouds


    The dish is incised with two winged horses. The base has an incised Jiajing mark and is covered with a transparent glaze.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–66

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  • Location

    G95/case42/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.475

Porcelain saucer with flattened rim. The saucer has blue toned glaze.  There is an incised design of two winged horses among clouds on the inside.

Porcelain saucer with flattened rim. The saucer has blue toned glaze. There is an incised design of two winged horses among clouds on the inside.

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