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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.751

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with slighlty everted rim. There is a full-faced dragon above two confronted phoenix with clouds and a flaming pearl in wucai-style underglaze blue and green and red overglaze enamel in the centre of the interior, four roundels each enclosing a character, separated by waves and florets in cavetto, and lotus scroll pattern on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 millimetres
    • Diameter: 143 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        福如東海
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fu ru dong hai
      • Inscription Translation

        Happiness as vast as the Eastern Sea
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.
      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬曆年製
      • 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 751

    Dish with dragons and inscription


    At Jingdezhen in the later part of the Ming dynasty, potters decorated porcelains in many different styles reflecting their creativity. This dish is painted in 五彩 (wucai ‘ five colours’) style. Inside is a dragon above two phoenixes with clouds and a flaming pearl. There are four characters which together make a wish which reads 福如東海 (Fu ru dong hai ‘Happiness as vast as the Eastern Sea’). On the base is a Wanli reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze green and red enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.33, no.751 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 pp 33-34, no.92 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.751

Porcelain saucer with slighlty everted rim. Wucai style, with underglaze blue and green and red overglaze enamels. Full-faced dragon above two confronted phoenix with clouds and a flaming pearl in central medallion. Four roundels in cavetto, each enclosing a character, separated by waves and florets. Lotus scroll pattern on outside, mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain saucer with slighlty everted rim. Wucai style, with underglaze blue and green and red overglaze enamels. Full-faced dragon above two confronted phoenix with clouds and a flaming pearl in central medallion. Four roundels in cavetto, each enclosing a character, separated by waves and florets. Lotus scroll pattern on outside, mark on base in underglaze blue.

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