Porcelain bowl with high, rounded sides and a slightly flaring mouthrim. There is a five-clawed dragon among clouds in the centre of the interior, a band depicting the land of the immortals and flower sprays at the interior rim, and Daoist immortals and symbols of immortality on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 70 millimetres
- Diameter: 153 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhji
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 bowl with dragons and immortals
Potters decorated this bowl in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. Inside it is painted with a dragon and outside with immortals on waves. One rides a tortoise, one above the wave, two others on cranes. Besides the cranes there are other emblems of longevity such as deer and lingzhi (longevity fungus). The base carries and 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
Deep porcelain bowl with high, rounded sides and a slightly flaring mouthrim. Wucai style with underglaze cobalt blue and red, yellow and green overglaze enamels. Five-clawed dragon among clouds on inside centre, with a band depicting the land of the immortals and flower sprays below the rim. Daoist immortals and symbols of immortality on exterior, with bands above and below. Mark in underglaze blue on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39070
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