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    Porcelain openwork brush-rest in the form of three dragons on top of a narrow rectangular plinth, with open base and hollow undersection. There is a full-faced dragon in Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red and green overglaze enamel in the centre, and coiling dragon on either side.


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    • 1573-1620
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 97 millimetres
    • Width: 152 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        reign mark
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      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 752

    Mountain-shaped brush rest with dragons

    Potters decorated this mountain-shaped brush rest in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, green and black. This particular example is unusual as it has no base or reign mark and is hollow and fully glazed inside. For a related example in the British Museum's collections with a solid base and a Wanli reign mark see 1933.3-13.10. The combination of powerful dragons prancing above waves and rocks is a popular motif on imperial robes of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620, probably about 1593


  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.33, no.752 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.36, no.105 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 112-113, no. 47 bibliographic details
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