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    Porcelain dish. Painted outside with two dragons among clouds in overglaze red enamel. There is a mark on the base.

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    • 1522-1566
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres
    • Diameter: 194 millimetres
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        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 A727

    Dish with two iron-red dragons

    In contrast to Europe, in China dragons are traditionally considered to be auspicious. They are regarded as the controllers of the water supply and ultimately came to symbolise imperial authority. The base has a six-character underglaze cobalt-blue Jiajing reign mark.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and iron- red enamel
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.23, no.46 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.55, no.A727 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc26/sh8

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Porcelain saucer dish. Painted outside with two dragons among clouds in overglaze red enamel. Mark on base.

Porcelain saucer dish. Painted outside with two dragons among clouds in overglaze red enamel. Mark on base.

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