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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.728

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Outlined with dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds in overglaze yellow enamel. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566 (enamel later)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 millimetres
    • Diameter: 175 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

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

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF A728

    Dish with dragons chasing flaming pearls


    Potters have decorated this sixteenth century dish in fifteenth century style. The base has a six-character underglaze cobalt-blue Jiajing reign mark and is of the period but the enamels were added later, probably in the early twentieth century.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, clear glaze and yellow enamel
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566 later enamelled

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.18, no.11 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.27, no.65 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.55, no.A728 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 92-93, no. 37 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.728

Porcelain saucer dish. Outlined with dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds in overglaze yellow enamel. There is a mark on the base.

Porcelain saucer dish. Outlined with dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds in overglaze yellow enamel. There is a mark on the base.

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