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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.651

  • Description

    Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons among floral scrolls on the exterior and on inside cavetto. Five-clawed dragon among floral scrolls in a roundel on the interior. Cloud motif band on foot. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41 millimetres
    • Diameter: 194 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Zhengde reign mark
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF A651

    Dish with dragons amid lotus scrolls


    In the Chenghua era, officials closely supervised production of court orders at Jingdezhen. Twenty years later, the number of kilns producing porcelain for the court had increased dramatically and standards had declined because non-official kilns also supplied the court. This design, of five-clawed dragons amid dense lotus scroll, is based on an early fifteenth century pattern. Potters making the Zhengde examples used poorer quality raw materials, the potting was less sophisticated and the underglaze design not so well drawn.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.28, no.45, mark p.47 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.44, no.A651, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.63, no.A651, reign mark, p.116 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 80-81, no. 32 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc57/s2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Medley 1976 records: From the Eurmorfopoulos Collection and illustrated by Hobson in the catalogue, Vol 4, pl. 7. PDF card: Eumorfopoulos Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.651

Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons among floral scrolls on the outside and on inside cavetto. Five-clawed dragon among floral scrolls in a roundel on the inside.  Cloud motif band on foot. Inscription on base.

Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons among floral scrolls on the outside and on inside cavetto. Five-clawed dragon among floral scrolls in a roundel on the inside. Cloud motif band on foot. Inscription on base.

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