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  • Object type

  • Museum number

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  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with wide mouth, small base, slightly rounded sides and slightly spreading lip with six foil edge. There are two 'anhua' slip five claw dragons chasing pearls under the glaze on the interior. The base is glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 66 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yongle nianzhi
      • Inscription Comment

        Yongle mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

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    Bowl with hidden decoration


    The Yongle emperor introduced a four-character reign mark to porcelain, reflecting the close imperial supervision of production at Jingdezhen. The seal script characters 永樂年製 (Yongle nian zhi ‘made in the Yongle reign’) are framed by a double circle. Technically accomplished potters also made an anhua (hidden or secret) design of two five-clawed dragon around the inner wall. Chinese archaeologists have shown these delicately potted bodiless bowls were fired between AD1403 and 1412.


    Porcelain with incised and anhua decoration and transparent tianbai glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle mark and period, AD 1403–1424

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p.109, pl. CVIII bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc41/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the De Forest Collection, New York. Similar to the Yung Lo bowl in the Franks Collection, British Museum (Catalogue, p.2, no.1). See "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", 1930-1, p.14.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.400

Porcelain bowl with wide mouth, small base, slightly rounded sides and slightly spreading lip with six foil edge.  There are two 'anhua' slip five claw dragons chasing pearls under the glaze on the inside. The base is glazed.

Porcelain bowl with wide mouth, small base, slightly rounded sides and slightly spreading lip with six foil edge. There are two 'anhua' slip five claw dragons chasing pearls under the glaze on the inside. The base is glazed.

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