Porcelain dish with rounded sides, and everted rim and a low, wide footring. There is a scene depicting the 'Dragon Boat Festival' with three boats in waves with water plants in wucai-style underglaze blue and overglaze enamel in the centre of the interior, floral sprays in the cavetto, and a snake, a toad, a lizard, a centipede and a scorpion (considered to be the Five Poisonous Creatures) and plants on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.in underglaze blue.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 38 millimetres
- Diameter: 207 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Wucai dish with a scene depicting the Dragon Boat Festival
Potters decorated this dish in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. The base carries an underglaze blue Wanli reign mark. The Dragon Boat Festival is an annual event on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is also painted with the Five Poisonous Creatures: a snake, a toad, a lizard, a centipede and a scorpion.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
PDF card: Acquired before 1934.
Porcelain dish with rounded sides, and everted rim and a low, wide footring. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. Scene depicting the 'Dragon Boat Festival' on inside, with three boats in waves with water plants. Floral sprays in the cavetto, with similar plants on the outside in addition to five creatures: a snake, a toad, a lizard, a centipede and a scorpion (considered to be the Five Poisonous Creatures). Mark on base in underglazse blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39082
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