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Large porcelain bowl of 'dice bowl' form. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons chasing a pearl. Band of waves at rim. Central roundel inside with inscription.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 122 millimetres
- Diameter: 264 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double circle inside in the centre.
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
Dice bowl with dragons
The Xuande emperor, despite reigning for just ten years, commissioned an extraordinary variety of forms and patterns from the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. The shape of this bowl used in a dice-throwing game was an innovation of his reign. Inside there is a six-character Xuande reign mark.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
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Object reference number: RRC39908
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