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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.656

  • Description

    Small jar of hua shi porcelain. Underglaze blue with two four-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds, with a band of overlapping ruyi heads on the shoulder. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Diameter: 61 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character archaistic Zhengde mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B656

    Jar with a four-clawed dragon


    The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Zhengde reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.64, no.B656 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.89, no.B656 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.656

Small jar of hua shi porcelain. Underglaze blue with two four-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds, with a band of overlapping ruyi heads on the shoulder. Inscription on base.

Small jar of hua shi porcelain. Underglaze blue with two four-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds, with a band of overlapping ruyi heads on the shoulder. Inscription on base.

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