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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.738

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 153 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 zhji
      • 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 738

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 178 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.30, no.738 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.32, no.86 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.738

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.

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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