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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.641

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of two five-clawed dragons amid lotus and waterweeds on the exterior . Roundel with dragon in waterweeds with lotus inside. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 215 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明弘治年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Hongzhi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Hongzhi reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF A641

    Dish with three dragons among waterweeds


    In contrast to the gradual expansion of production at the non-official kilns, the scale of manufacture at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen was constrained in the Hongzhi reign (AD 1488–1505). The Hongzhi emperor was conservative in his demands for court porcelain. Many of the patterns ordered for his court were based on designs of the early fifteenth century, as with this saucer-dish decorated inside and out with dragons among fresh water plants. Potters used imported cobalt but mixed it with locally mined pigment.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Hongzhi mark and period, AD 1488–1505

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.28, no.43, mark p.47 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.42, no.A641, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.61, no.A641, colour p.40 (reign mark, p.116) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc57/s2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.641

Porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of two five-clawed dragons amid lotus and waterweeds on outside . Roundel with dragon in waterweeds with lotus inside. Inscription on base.

Porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of two five-clawed dragons amid lotus and waterweeds on outside . Roundel with dragon in waterweeds with lotus inside. Inscription on base.

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