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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 66 millimetres
Inscription TransliterationYongle nianzhi
Inscription CommentYongle mark and period
Room 95 label text:
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
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.
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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Object reference number: RRC38748
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