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Porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two horizontal five-clawed dragons on dense pale blue wave ground with rocks around the exterior. Inside in centre, a five-clawed dragon on similar wave ground. Anhua design around cavetto of two dragons painted in slip. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 40 millimetres
- Diameter: 178 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription Content大明 宣德年製
Inscription TransliterationDa ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the Xuande reign of the Great Ming dynasty.
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Dish with dragons on pale blue waves
This shallow dish is decorated with a fierce dragon with spiky spine, open jaws and flexed claws. His scaly body is depicted in uneven deep blue tones against a light ground of line-drawn pale blue waves with white crests. Outside, two more dragons are depicted in the same way but shown in profile, one pursuing the other who turns his head back. There are four evenly spaced groups of rocks also in deep blue around which the line-drawn pale blue waves crash. In the cavetto are two further暗花 (anhua ‘secret or hidden decoration’) dragons.
Porcelain with anhua and underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35
Porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two horizontal five-clawed dragons on dense pale blue wave ground with rocks around the outside. Inside in centre, a five-clawed dragon on similar wave ground. Anhua design around cavetto of two dragons painted in slip. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39943
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