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water-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.705

  • Description

    Porcelain hexagonal water-pot. Fleshy dragon in high relief on three sides, crawling towards the mouth, in black enamel against a yellow ground. Base glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Diameter: 81 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Xuande mark in archaic script in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi late 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B705

    Hexagonal water pot with dragon in high relief


    There is an apocryphal four-character underglaze cobalt-blue Xuande reign mark on the base.


    Porcelain with black and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1644–1700

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.45, no.140 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.78, no.B705 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.705

Porcelain hexagonal water-pot. Fleshy dragon in high relief on three sides, crawling towards the mouth, in black enamel against a yellow ground. Base glazed.

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