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  • Museum number

    PDF.463

  • Description

    Porcelain 'eggshell' bowl with lobed mouth-rim. There is a 'anhua' slip design of dragons in medallions with clouds under the glaze of the interior, and a classic scroll surrounding a four character mark in the centre of the well.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC-20thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 53 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        inside centre
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        永樂年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Yongle nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Yongle reign
      • Inscription Comment

        apocryphal Yongle mark
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 463

    Bowl with dragons


    This bowl is decorated inside with a slip anhua (hidden decoration) design of dragons in medallions with clouds in between. In the centre is an apocryphal four character mark which reads 永樂年製 (Yongle nianzhi Made in the Yongle Reign [AD 1403–24]).


    Porcelain with anhua decoration and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1911

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  • Location

    G95/dc41/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.463

Porcelain 'eggshell' bowl with lobed mouth-rim.  There is a 'anhua' slip design of dragons in medallions with clouds under the glaze of the interior, and a classic scroll surrounding a four character mark in the centre of the well.

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