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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.403

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with straight rim. The bowl has a white body with a blue tinged glaze. There is red and green enamel decoration over a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 104 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明正德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da ming Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Zhengde
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 403

    Bowl with obscured mark


    The Zhengde reign mark (AD1506–1521) on the base of this bowl has been obscured by the addition of an overglaze red and green flower head. There are other Zhengde imperial marked bowls in the collection of the Ardabil Shrine in Iran and in the British Museum’s collections with the mark obscured in this way. Possibly they were made at the end of the Zhengde reign.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue mark, transparent glaze and overglaze enamel mark
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, 1506–1521

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  • Location

    G95/case40/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.403

Porcelain bowl with straight rim.  The bowl has a white body with a blue tinged glaze.  There is red and green enamel decoration over a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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