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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 75 millimetres
- Diameter: 173 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix characters Xuande mark in underglaze blue in a double circle in the centre inside the bowl
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc59/s3
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC39586
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.