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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.810

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with flattened rim. The dish has a fine white body. There are two female figures, one a daoist fairy holding a 'ruyi' sceptre in her right hand, a heavenly deer by her, painted in pale transparent enamel on the interior, and leaves, butterflies and flowers on the rim. Pair with PDF 809.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20 millimetres
    • Diameter: 172 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 810

    Dish with two female figures


    This dish is painted with a female immortal, holding a ruyi sceptre (like a magic wand), and with a deer beside her. She is accompanied by another female figure holding a dish all within a landscape. Leaves, butterflies and flowers are painted around the flat rim. There is a six-character apocryphal Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base. Early Qing enamels fire as thin, translucent watercolour-like colours, dominated by green, black, aubergine, red and yellow pigments. Black (made from manganese and cobalt) and iron-pigmented red were used for outlining as they were more opaque than the other colours.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 810

    Dish with two female figures


    This dish is painted with a female immortal, holding a ruyi sceptre (like a magic wand), and with a deer beside her. She is accompanied by another female figure holding a dish all within a landscape. Leaves, butterflies and flowers are painted around the flat rim. There is a six-character apocryphal Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base. Early Qing enamels fire as thin, translucent watercolour-like colours, dominated by green, black, aubergine, red and yellow pigments. Black (made from manganese and cobalt) and iron-pigmented red were used for outlining as they were more opaque than the other colours.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.10, no.810 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.20, no.810 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.810

Fine white porcelain dish. Delicately painted in pale transparent enamels with two female figures, on a daoist fairy holding a 'ruyi' sceptre in her right hand, a heavenly deer by her. Pair with PDF 810.

Fine white porcelain dish. Delicately painted in pale transparent enamels with two female figures, on a daoist fairy holding a 'ruyi' sceptre in her right hand, a heavenly deer by her. Pair with PDF 810.

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