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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.706

  • Description

    Wide-based porcelain bowl. Decorated outside with two five-clawed dragons in underglaze blue among red enamel painted clouds. Band of key-fret below rim. Inside, three five-clawed dragons among clouds incised under glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 64 millimetres
    • Diameter: 157 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 ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A706

    Bowl with dragon


    This bowl is painted beneath the glaze with blue dragons chasing a flaming pearl and over the glaze with iron-red enamels for the clouds. It has a four-character Zhengde reign mark on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze iron-red decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–21

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 126 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc19/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.706

Wide-based porcelain bowl. Decorated outside with two five-clawed dragons in underglaze blue among red enamel painted clouds. Band of key-fret below rim. Inside, three five-clawed dragons among clouds incised under glaze.

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