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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.788

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and a straight rim. There are dragons and pearls incised in Sancai style on-biscuit purple, brown and green enamel in the centre of the interior, flower sprays in the cavetto, and dragons and fungus incised on the exterior. There is a mark in brown on the base. One of a pair with PDF787.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29 millimetres
    • Diameter: 115 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Kangxi mark in brown in a double circle on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 788

    Dish with dragons chasing flaming pearls


    In contrast to Europe, in China dragons are traditionally considered to be auspicious. They are regarded as the controllers of the water supply and ultimately came to symbolise imperial authority. The base has a six-character Kangxi reign mark.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and on-the-biscuit yellow, aubergine, brown and green
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.46, no.145 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.46, no.788 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc25/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.788

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and a straight rim. Sancai style decoration with on-biscuit purple, brown and green enamels. Dragons and pearls incised on insied centre, with flower sprays in the cavetto; incised dragons and fungus on exterior. Mark on base in brown. One of a pait with PDF788.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and a straight rim. Sancai style decoration with on-biscuit purple, brown and green enamels. Dragons and pearls incised on insied centre, with flower sprays in the cavetto; incised dragons and fungus on exterior. Mark on base in brown. One of a pait with PDF788.

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