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  • Museum number

    PDF.255

  • Description

    Longquan porcelain dish with a wide flat base and a narrow flattened rim. The dish has thick grey-green glaze. There is a dragon surrounded by clouds chasing a flaming pearl in biscuit relief in the centre, seventeen prunus florets in biscuit relief around the rim, and an incised wave pattern around the well.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 millimetres
    • Diameter: 433 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 255

    Charger with biscuit-fired dragon


    Yuan potters used a new technique to decorate this Longquan dish, creating a design with contrasting orangey-red unglazed (biscuit-fired) areas against rich green glaze. First, they incised aspects of the design, such as the waves in the well, and then covered the whole dish in glaze except for a broad ring on the base, which was left to accommodate a kiln support. Next they applied designs from clay which had been rolled out thin like pastry and pressed-out using small carved moulds. This technique used to apply the dragon, flaming pearl and clouds in the centre, and prunus flowers around the rim, is called sprig-moulding.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with incised and applied biscuit-fired decoration and celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 33 and p. 309 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 54, pl. LIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.40, no.255 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.56, no.34 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.61, no.49 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1974 p.7, no.255 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 pp 28-29, no.83 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 pp 92-93, no.117 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records:'Cf. Zimmermann, "Meisterwerke der Turkischen Museen zu Konstantinopel", Vol 2. Plate 19.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.255

Longquan porcelain dish with a wide flat base and a narrow flattened rim. The dish has thick grey-green glaze. There is a dragon surrounded by clouds chasing a flaming pearl in biscuit relief in the centre, seventeen prunus florets in biscuit relief around the rim, and an incised wave pattern around the well.

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