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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.713

  • Description

    Large Zhangzhou export ware porcelain dish. Decorated in blue, white and iron brown with dragons and flower sprays in the centre, and pairs of cartouches around the rim under the transparent blue glaze. Base roughly glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 99 millimetres
    • Diameter: 381 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming late 16th or early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B713

    Dish with dragons and flowers


    Collectors and scholars called this type of ware ‘Swatow’ after an old Dutch transliteration of Shantou, a port in northern Guangong province, mistakenly believed to have been the port from which they were shipped. Merchants traded them to countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia as well as to Japan and Holland. They are characterised by coarse sandy bases. The designs are all rendered in free and spontaneous brushstrokes.


    Porcelain with cobalt-blue glaze and underglaze painting
    Zhangzhou (‘Swatow’) ware
    Pinghe county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, 福建省, 漳州, 平和縣
    Ming dynasty, about AD1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.38, no.111 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.79, no.B713 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case29/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Medley 1978 records: Purchased in 1966. PDF card: Acquired in 1966 from Douglas Wright for £85.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.713

Large Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in blue, white and iron brown with dragons and flower sprays in the centre, and pairs of cartouches around the rim under the transparent blue glaze. Base roughly glazed.

Large Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in blue, white and iron brown with dragons and flower sprays in the centre, and pairs of cartouches around the rim under the transparent blue glaze. Base roughly glazed.

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