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  • Museum number

    PDF.271

  • Description

    Longquan stoneware octagonal dish with flared rim. The dish has greyish green glaze. There are leaves and petals carved on exterior, a lattice pattern in centre encircled by triple lines, and floral motifs on the eight interior panels, with an incised key-fret at the rim.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 millimetres
    • Width: 22 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming dynasty 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 271

    Octagonal dish


    Potters fired dishes of this type on their bases on an unglazed foot ring. This generally oxidises in the kiln on cooling turning an orange-red colour.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with impressed and incised decoration and celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1403–87

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 64 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.31, no.93 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 pp 44-45, no.271 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case5/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.271

Longquan stoneware octagonal dish with flared rim. The dish has greyish green glaze. There are leaves and petals carved on exterior, a lattice pattern in centre encircled by triple lines, and floral motifs on the eight interior panels, with an incised key-fret at the rim.

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