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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.742

  • Description

    Porcelain box with domed cover, flattened circular top, rounded sides and a recessed base. There is a dragon enclosed within a double circle in wucai-style underglaze blue and overglaze enamel on top of cover, two dragons chasing a flaming pearl around the sides, and two dragons with pearls on the lower part. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 41 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 underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 742

    Wucai box with dragons


    Potters decorated this box 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.


    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

    • Feng 2006 p.31, no.742 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.32, no.88, bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 82-83, no. 32 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.742

Porcelain box with domed cover, flattened circular top, rounded sides and a recessed base. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. Dragon enclosed within a double circle on top of cover, with two dragons chasing a flaming pearl around the sides. Two more dragons with pearls on the lower part. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain box with domed cover, flattened circular top, rounded sides and a recessed base. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. Dragon enclosed within a double circle on top of cover, with two dragons chasing a flaming pearl around the sides. Two more dragons with pearls on the lower part. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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