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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.678

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with flaring sides. Underglaze blue and red with two underglaze red incised five-clawed dragons amid blue clouds. Parallel blue lines around the interior rim, with inscription in the centre.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 75 millimetres
    • Diameter: 173 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six characters Xuande mark in underglaze blue in a double circle in the centre inside the bowl
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A678

    Box-bowl with underglaze red dragons


    The shape of this bowl with its angular profile was invented in the Xuande era and is called a 盒碗 (hewan ‘box bowl’). Porcelain decorators painted it with a dragon on both sides chasing a flaming pearl among clouds using underglaze copper-red. Originally the bowl would have had a matching shallow slightly domed cover and looked like a box. The bowl is marked inside with a six-character Xuande reign mark in a double ring.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 99 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 138, pl. CXXXVII(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.49, no.A678, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.70, no.A678, colour p.37 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 64-65, no.30 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case59-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.678

Porcelain bowl with flaring sides. Underglaze blue and red with two red incised five-clawed dragons amid blue clouds. Parallel blue lines around the inside rim, with inscription in the centre.

Porcelain bowl with flaring sides. Underglaze blue and red with two red incised five-clawed dragons amid blue clouds. Parallel blue lines around the inside rim, with inscription in the centre.

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