Longquan porcelain dish with flattened mouth rim. The dish has grey-green glaze. There are two four-clawed dragons chasing pearls carved around the well, and two unglazed biscuit tigers in the centre.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Diameter: 411 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan/Ming 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Charger with two biscuit-fired tigers
This dish is incised with two four-clawed dragons chasing pearls around the well and applied with two unglazed (biscuit-fired) tigers in the centre. The tails of the tigers are applied separately from the bodies and all the biscuit-fired decoration ‘floats’ on the celadon glaze. Tigers are rarely used as a decorative motif in Chinese art. Many large chargers of this shape were exported to the Middle East, where their large forms suited local dining customs, although the biscuit-fired relief decoration may suggest that this and the other charger in this case were made for display.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with incised and applied biscuit-fired decoration and celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368
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Object reference number: RRC38658
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