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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.652

  • Description

    Rectangular porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with four panels of fruiting peach sprays outside and panels of flower sprays inside. Panel with two flowers and leaves in the centre. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31 millimetres
    • Width: 74 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF A652

    Rectangular dish with peach sprays


    This rectangular dish is painted with peach sprays. The base carries a Wanli reign mark in underglaze blue. Cobalt pigment used for imperial wares during the second half of the sixteenth century has a distinctive strong, dark, and even tone.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.44, no.A652 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.63, no.A652 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.652

Rectangular porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with four panels of fruiting peach sprays outside and panels of flower sprays inside. Panel with two flowers and leaves in the centre. Inscription on base.

Rectangular porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with four panels of fruiting peach sprays outside and panels of flower sprays inside. Panel with two flowers and leaves in the centre. Inscription on base.

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