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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.750

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 207 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

        Six-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 750

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 70 and p. 314 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 62, no. 58 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.22, no.25 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.33, no.91, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.87, no.82 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 32-33, no.750 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 90-91, no. 36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1934.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.750

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.

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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