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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 41 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 underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39074
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