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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.822

  • Description

    Porcelain flask of pilgrim bottle form with flattened globular body and two ribbed ribbon-form handles. The flask is covered with creamy white crackled glaze, decorated on either side with circular design of front-facing dragon in pale red enamel.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700-1900
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 188 millimetres
    • Width: 135 millimetres
    • Depth: 72 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A822

    Pilgrim flask with dragons


    This porcelain flask is of pilgrim bottle form with a flattened globular body and two ribbed ribbon-form handles. The flask is decorated on either side with a circular design of a front-facing dragon in pale iron- red enamel with gilding.


    Porcelain with transparent glaze, iron-red and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.34, no.A822 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.51, no.A822 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.89, no.76 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc31/sh10

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.822

Porcelain flask of pilgrim bottle form with flattened globular body and two ribbed ribbon-form handles. White 'hua shi' ware, covered with creamy white crackled glaze, decorated on either side with circular design of front-facing dragon in pale red enamel.

Porcelain flask of pilgrim bottle form with flattened globular body and two ribbed ribbon-form handles. White 'hua shi' ware, covered with creamy white crackled glaze, decorated on either side with circular design of front-facing dragon in pale red enamel.

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