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  • Museum number

    PDF,C.612

  • Description

    Set of 18 sweetmeat porcelain dishes of rhomboid form, arranged in two concentric circles around a central round porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with cranes flying in clouds in outer group of porcelain dishes, song birds perched on flowering branches on next group, and shou (long life) character with two stylised dragons around it in central porcelain dish. Inscriptions on bases.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base of each dish
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明隆慶年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Longqing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        made in the Ming dynasty Longqing reign period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:

    PDF C612

    Set of blue-and white serving dishes


    Longqing (AD1567–72) ceramics are particularly rare as the emperor only reigned for six years. Stylistically they relate closely to Jiajing and Wanli imperial wares. This set of eighteen blue-and white serving dishes is arranged in two concentric circles around a central round porcelain dish. In the outer ring underglaze blue cranes are shown flying among clouds, in the inner ring birds are perched on flowering branches and the central dish is painted with a shou (long life) character with two stylised dragons around it. Each dish has a Longqing reign mark which reads大明隆慶年製 on the back.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–1572

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.102, no.C612 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.75, no.C612 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.612

Set of 18 sweetmeat porcelain dishes of rhomboid form, arranged in two concentric circles around a central round porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with cranes flying in clouds in outer group of porcelain dishes, song birds perched on flowering branches on next group, and shou (long life) character with two stylised dragons around it in central porcelain dish. Inscriptions on bases.

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