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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.472

  • Description

    Dehua porcelain vase with long neck and broad rounded shoulders. There is a dragon holding a leafy branch in its mouth in relief around the neck.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1644-1700
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 218 millimetres
    • Diameter: 80 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 17th-18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A472

    Vase with dragon in relief


    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. Body and glaze fuse perfectly in the firing. 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 1644–1700

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  • Location

    G95/case34/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Gift.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.472

White Dehua porcelain vase with long neck and broad rounded shoulders. Relief design of dragon curling around neck, holding a leafy branch in its mouth.

White Dehua porcelain vase with long neck and broad rounded shoulders. Relief design of dragon curling around neck, holding a leafy branch in its mouth.

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