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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 99 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn base
Inscription CommentTian character (heaven) in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming last quarter 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39116
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