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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.784

  • Description

    Porcelain jar of guan form with a wide mouth, broad shoulders and a wide base. There are two long-snouted kui dragons with three claws in doucai style, with underglaze cobalt blue outlines and washes, and overglaze green, iron red and yellow enamel in the centre of the exterior, and lotus panel bands above the foot and on the shoulder. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 99 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tian
      • Inscription Translation

        Heaven
      • Inscription Comment

        Tian character (heaven) in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming last quarter 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 784

    Doucai jar with dragons


    This ovoid jar is painted in underglaze blue with two 夔 'kui dragons' which have elephant trunks instead of a snout, bifurcated curling tails and wings. The underglaze blue bands of stylised lotus petals around the foot and shoulder are further ornamented with red enamel. The base carries the single character 天 (tian ‘heaven’). This mark was used in the Chenghua era only for jars with doucai decoration. Possibly the jars were used for some ritual purpose involving a celebration of heaven or the mark may simply refer to the emperor who was regarded as the ‘son of heaven’, having received the mandate of heaven to rule.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamel decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 122 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.17, no.19 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 22-23, no. 2 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 45-46, no.784 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc60

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.784

Porcelain jar of guan form with a wide mouth, broad shoulders and a wide base. Doucai style decoration with underglaze cobalt blue outlines and washes with overglaze green, iron red and yellow enamel. Two long-snouted kui dragons with three claws on inside centre. Lotus panel bands above the foot and on the shoulder. Mark on base.

Porcelain jar of guan form with a wide mouth, broad shoulders and a wide base. Doucai style decoration with underglaze cobalt blue outlines and washes with overglaze green, iron red and yellow enamel. Two long-snouted kui dragons with three claws on inside centre. Lotus panel bands above the foot and on the shoulder. Mark on base.

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