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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.790

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides, slightly everted rim, and low, wide foot. There are two incised five-clawed dragons between waves and clouds in a double circle in turquoise, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit enamel in the centre of the interior, and six incised dragon roundels on the cavetto, and fruit and flower sprays on the exterior. There is a mark in brown on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 millimetres
    • Diameter: 273 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 dark brown on the yellow base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 790

    Dish with dragons


    Ming emperors appear to have favoured bright, colourful, schemes for their buildings, costumes and furnishings. This dish with dragons has colours applied directly to the biscuit-fired porcelain body. This lends the enamels a darker hue than those first coated with a layer of glaze and fired before the enamels were added and the piece was fired again.


    Porcelain with on-the-biscuit green, yellow, aubergine 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 Colour pl. 71 and p. 314 (Mark p. 277) bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.27, no.42 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.35, no.101, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.47, no.790 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.790

Porcelain dish with rounded sides, slightly everted rim, and low, wide foot. Turquoise, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit enamels. Two incised five-clawed dragons on inside centre between waves and clouds in a double circle. Six incised dragons roundels around the walls, with fruit and flower sprays on the exterior. Mark on base in brown.

Porcelain dish with rounded sides, slightly everted rim, and low, wide foot. Turquoise, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit enamels. Two incised five-clawed dragons on inside centre between waves and clouds in a double circle. Six incised dragons roundels around the walls, with fruit and flower sprays on the exterior. Mark on base in brown.

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