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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.737

  • Description

    Deep porcelain bowl with high, rounded sides and a slightly flaring mouthrim. There is a medallion of a dragon and phoenix among clouds in wucai-style underglaze cobalt blue and red, yellow and green overglaze enamels in the centre of the interior, a band of key fret at the exterior rim, and four chysanthemum clusters growing around a rock 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: 84 millimetres
    • Diameter: 182 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 737

    Wucai bowl with flowers


    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 phoenix. Outside are flowers and insects. 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

    • Feng 2006 p.29, no.737 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.32, no.85 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 42-43, no. 12 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.737

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. Medallion of a dragon and phoenix among clouds on inside centre. Four chysanthemum clusters growing around a rock on exterior, with a band of key fret at the rim. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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. Medallion of a dragon and phoenix among clouds on inside centre. Four chysanthemum clusters growing around a rock on exterior, with a band of key fret at the rim. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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