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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.736

  • Description

    Porcelain saucer dish. On outside, incised design of dragons chasing pearls among clouds, painted in green enamel against yellow ground. Plain white interior. Base glazed, with mark.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres
    • Diameter: 201 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Zhengde mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF A736

    Green-and-yellow dish with dragons
    This dish is incised with five-clawed dragons, shown in profile with clenched jaws, chasing flaming pearls and each other amid auspicious ruyi clouds. Potters inscribed a four (as opposed to the usual six) character Zhengde reign mark in underglaze blue on the base and covered the inside and base with a transparent glaze, then, before a second lower temperature firing they picked out the dragon and cloud design in green glaze on a ground of yellow. Potters working at Jingdezhen a century earlier, in the Yongle (AD 1403–24) reign invented this green and yellow colour scheme and design.
    Porcelain, incised and with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and green and yellow glazes Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮 Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–21

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.20, no.31 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.57, no.A736 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 100-101, no. 41 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc57/s4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.736

Porcelain saucer dish. On outside, incised design of dragons chasing pearls among clouds, painted in green enamel against yellow ground. Plain white interior. Base glazed, with mark.

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