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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.724

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with incised dragon painted in green enamel directly on biscuit. On outside, two incised dragons, one in yellow and the other in aubergine enamel, against colourless glazed background with incised waves. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505 (enamel later)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 178 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明弘治年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Hongzhi nianzhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Hongzhi reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF A724

    Dish with 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 Hongzhi reign mark. However, the enamels were probably added in the Republican period.


    Porcelain with incised decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and overglaze green, yellow and aubergine enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Hongzhi mark and period, AD 1488–1505 (porcelain) (later enamelled)

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.18, no.21 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.26, no.38 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.55, no.A724 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.74, no.43 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.75, no.68 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.724

Porcelain saucer. Decorated inside with incised dragon painted in green enamel directly on biscuit. On outside, two incised dragons, one in yellow and the other in aubergine enamel, against colourless glazed background with incised waves. Mark on base.

Porcelain saucer. Decorated inside with incised dragon painted in green enamel directly on biscuit. On outside, two incised dragons, one in yellow and the other in aubergine enamel, against colourless glazed background with incised waves. Mark on base.

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