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Porcelain bowl. Decorated with underglaze blue and overglaze iron red enamel. Two five-clawed dragons in red enamel around sides, among blue clouds. Band of turbulent blue waves around base. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 75 millimetres
- Diameter: 173 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix characters Xuande mark in underglaze blue in a double circle in the centre inside the bowl
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
Box-bowl with iron-red dragons
The shape of this bowl with its angular profile was invented in the Xuande era and is called a 盒碗 (hewan ‘box bowl’). Porcelain decorators painted it with a dragon on both sides chasing a flaming pearl among clouds using overglaze iron-red. Potters in the early fifteenth century very rarely used iron-red which required a second firing. Originally the bowl would have had a matching shallow slightly domed cover and looked like a box. The bowl is marked inside with a six-character Xuande reign mark in a double ring.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue with overglaze iron-red
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
Porcelain bowl. Decorated with underglaze blue and overglaze iron red enamel. Two five-clawed dragons in red enamel around sides, among blue clouds. Band of turbulent blue waves around base. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39691
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