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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.697

  • Description

    Small porcelain dish. Underglaze blue outside with narrow band of scrolling flowers and leaves. Concentric bands of scrolling palmettes within strapwork borders. Raised roundel in the centre with similar palmette and strapwork design. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da ming xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the Xuande reign of the Great Ming dynasty
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in underglaze blue in a double circle.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF B697

    Bowl with dense underglaze blue decoration


    As well as producing objects following the shapes of Middle Eastern dining utensils for the overseas market, Jingdezhen craftsmen made objects inspired by Middle Eastern forms and decoration to fulfil court demand for foreign ‘exotica’. This bowl has dense underglaze blue decoration based on Middle Eastern metalwork designs. This bowl has an underglaze blue Xuande mark on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.72, no.B697 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.98, no.B697, pl.XV bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc17/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.697

Small porcelain dish. Underglaze blue outside with narrow band of scrolling flowers and leaves. Concentric bands of scrolling palmettes within strapwork borders. Raised roundel in the centre with similar palmette and strapwork design. Inscription on base.

Small porcelain dish. Underglaze blue outside with narrow band of scrolling flowers and leaves. Concentric bands of scrolling palmettes within strapwork borders. Raised roundel in the centre with similar palmette and strapwork design. Inscription on base.

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