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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.780

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides, straight rim, and recessed base. There is a dragon and ruyi clouds incised and painted with Sancai style on-biscuit purple and green enamel on the interior, and incised and painted clouds on exterior. Mark on in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 millimetres
    • Diameter: 136 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

        Incised Wanli mark in a double circle
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 780

    Dish with dragon among clouds


    This saucer-dish is incised with a dragon surrounded by clouds in the centre and with further clouds in the inner and outer walls. The colour scheme of green enamel against an aubergine ground is very unusual and the colours are applied directly to the unglazed but fired porcelain body. Sir Percival David was Director of the exhibition committee for the pioneering International Exhibition of Chinese Art held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, between November 1935 and March 1936. This dish was one of the many pieces Sir Percival David lent to this influential show (cat. no. 1944).


    Porcelain, incised and with green and aubergine glazes on the biscuit
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.35, no.100 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.44, no.780 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.780

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and a straight rim. Sancai style decoration with on-biscuit purple and green enamels. Dragon and ruyi clouds incised inside; incised clouds on exterior. Mark on recessed base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and a straight rim. Sancai style decoration with on-biscuit purple and green enamels. Dragon and ruyi clouds incised inside; incised clouds on exterior. Mark on recessed base in underglaze blue.

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