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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.677

  • Description

    Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of scrolling lotus flowers around sides and inside cavetto. Roundel with lotus flower and leaves in centre. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Diameter: 123 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming second half 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A677

    Dish painted with formal lotus


    The Xuande Emperor dispatched officials to directly supervise the manufacture of court-ordered porcelains at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen. Craftsmen at Jingdezhen thoroughly processed the local clay to remove any impurities. This resulted in highly refined clay which was purer, whiter, and finer in the early fifteenth century than in any other period of the Ming dynasty.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    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. 106 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.49, no.A677 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.70, no.A677 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc18/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.677

Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of scrolling lotus flowers around sides and inside cavetto. Roundel with lotus flower and leaves in centre. Inscription on base.

Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of scrolling lotus flowers around sides and inside cavetto. Roundel with lotus flower and leaves in centre. Inscription on base.

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