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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Dehua porcelain square seal surmounted by a modelled seated lion. The seal is stained red, and unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 71 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

        seal script
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

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    Seal with seated lion knob

    Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by figures and vessels with a granular sugary white body and either a blue tinged or creamy white glaze. The pure whiteness of these ceramics is due to the relative absence of iron impurities in the body - indeed the clay used contains only half a percent of ferric oxide. Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine.

    Porcelain with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800


  • Location

    On display: G95/dc34/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department


  • Registration number


Dehua porcelain square seal surmounted by a modelled seated lion. The seal is stained red, and unglazed.

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