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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.798

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and straight rim. There are two confronted dragons with a flaming pearl and clouds in Wucai style underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green enamel in the centre of the interior, and double lines in red enamel on the foot and both sides of the rim. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
    • Diameter: 331 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明隆慶年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Longqing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Longqing reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:

    PDF 798

    Dish with dragons chasing flaming pearls


    Potters first applied cobalt-blue pigment under the glaze to certain parts of the design such as the blue dragon, covered it with a transparent glaze and fired it at a high temperature. After cooling, they then completed the design using a palette of overglaze enamels dominated by four other colours: red, yellow, green and aubergine and fired it again at a lower temperature to fix these pigments. This twice-fired technique is called 五彩 (wucai ‘five-colours).


    Porcelain with wucai enamels (underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, green and aubergine)
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–72

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 66 and p. 313 (Mark p. 277) bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.21, no.20, mark p.47 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.30, no.77, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.74, no.64 (dish) bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 24-25, no. 3 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 49-50, no.798 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired in Osaka, Japan in 1934 via Yamanaka.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.798

Porcelain dish with rounded sides and straight rim. Wucai style decoration with underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green enamels. Two confronted dragons on inside centre with a flaming pearl and clouds. Double red enamel lines on the foot and both sides of the rim. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain dish with rounded sides and straight rim. Wucai style decoration with underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green enamels. Two confronted dragons on inside centre with a flaming pearl and clouds. Double red enamel lines on the foot and both sides of the rim. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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