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    Longquan porcelain flask with flattened sides with two lugs near the base on each side, squared shoulders with two pairs of lugs, and short cylindrical neck with everted lip. The flask has grey green glaze. There is a four-lobed panel on each side with a three-clawed dragon chasing a pearl among clouds in relief, and floral motifs in relief on the shoulders.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1279-1368
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 310 millimetres
    • Width: 354 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 242

    Flask with a dragon among clouds

    In the Yuan dynasty, potters working in the Longquan area were unable to recreate the blue-green opaque glazes of the Southern Song dynasty (AD 1127–1279), as they increased their production. Yuan Longquan wares, exemplified by this large wine decanter, are typically decorated with applied moulded designs such as dragons, fish or flowers beneath a bean-green glaze. Merchants exported Longquan ceramics widely. Customers in Southeast and East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and occasionally Europe admired their hard bodies and glossy celadon glazes.

    Stoneware, porcelain-type, incised, with applied moulded decoration and green glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, AD 1279–1368


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 32 and p. 309 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 58, pl. LVII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.28, no.82 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.37, no.242 bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    17 April 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Assess orange/ brown area on handles.


    Two small handles on one side of the flask exhibited an orange/ brown surface. Under microscope inspection it appeared to be a restoration material, possibly shellac covering plaster fills. It was not original or an old gold repair. When removed two plaster fills were revealed.

    Treatment details

    Areas were investigated under a microscope and did not appear to be original, and infact hid plaster repairs. Brown material was removed using acetone applied on cotton wool swabs on a satay stick. The plaster fills were removed mechanically with a scalpel.

    These areas were steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper.

    Missing areas filled with Fynebond mixed with microballoons and pigments. Cut back with scalpel and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.

    About these records 

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  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Hirooka Collection, Kobe.

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