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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.791

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, straight rim, and narrow, high foot. There are two dragons pursuing pearls in underglaze blue and overglaze green and black enamel on the exterior, and a band of key-fret around the foot. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 94 millimetres
    • Diameter: 154 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

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

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 791

    Wucai bowl with dragons in green and black enamel


    Potters decorated this bowl in a twice-fired technique composed of underglaze blue and overglaze green and black. Outside it is painted with two dragons chasing flaming pearls. The base carries an underglaze blue Wanli reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze green and black enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 179 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.48, no.791 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.p.34, no.93 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 86-87, no. 34 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.791

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, straight rim, and narrow, high foot. Underglaze blue and overglaze green and black enamel. Two dragons pursuing pearls on exterior, with a band of key-fret around the foot; inside undecorated. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, straight rim, and narrow, high foot. Underglaze blue and overglaze green and black enamel. Two dragons pursuing pearls on exterior, with a band of key-fret around the foot; inside undecorated. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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