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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.734

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides, straight rim and straight footring. There are two dragons among waves chasing a flaming pearl in red, green and yellow on the interior, and four dragons chasing a flaming pearl on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 millimetres
    • Diameter: 149 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        嘉靖年西谷製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Jiajing nian xigu zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Jiajing period by Xigu
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 734

    Dish with winged dragons and inscription


    There are two dragons among waves chasing a flaming pearl in red, green and yellow on the interior, and four dragons chasing a flaming pearl on the exterior. The base carries a mark which reads: 嘉靖年西谷製 (Jiajing nian Xigu zhi ‘Made in the JIajing reign by Xigu’).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, overglaze red, green and yellow enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.23, no.47 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.29, no.734 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.734

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides, straight rim and straight footring. Two red and green dragons among waves chasing a yellow and green  flaming pearl on interior. On exterior, four red dragons chasing a flaming yellow pearl. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides, straight rim and straight footring. Two red and green dragons among waves chasing a yellow and green flaming pearl on interior. On exterior, four red dragons chasing a flaming yellow pearl. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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