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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 97 millimetres
- Width: 152 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
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
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Object reference number: RRC39084
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