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.
- 1488-1505 (enamel later)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 48 millimetres
- Diameter: 178 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Hongzhi nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Hongzhi reign
Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:
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)
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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Object reference number: RRC39632
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