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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.710

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Incised inside with a pair of dragons, one painted in green and the other in aubergine purple against a deep yellow ground directly on the biscuit. Fruiting vine painted around the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1862-1874
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Tongzhi mark in dark brown against a yellow ground.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Tongzhi 1862-1874Room 95 label text:

    PDF B710

    Dish with dragons chasing flaming pearls


    In contrast to Europe, in China dragons are traditionally considered to be auspicious. They are regarded as the controllers of the water supply and ultimately came to symbolise imperial authority. The base has a six-character brown Tongzhi reign mark


    Porcelain with incised decoration and on-the-biscuit yellow, aubergine, brown and green
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Tongzhi mark and period, AD 1862–1874

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.57, no.202 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.79, B710 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1978 records: Purchased in 1966. PDF card: Acquired in 1966 from Bluett & Son for £22.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.710

Porcelain saucer. Incised inside with a pair of dragons, one painted in green and the other in aubergine purple against an orange-yellow ground directly on the biscuit. Fruiting vine painted around the outside.

Porcelain saucer. Incised inside with a pair of dragons, one painted in green and the other in aubergine purple against an orange-yellow ground directly on the biscuit. Fruiting vine painted around the outside.

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