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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.616

  • Description

    Ten-lobed round porcelain box . Underglaze blue with vertical five-clawed dragon alternately rising and descending on each lobe, pursuing a flaming pearl with rocks and waves. Concentric petal design forming stylised flower on lid. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 130 millimetres
    • Diameter: 148 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬曆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty Wanli reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming WanliRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B616

    Lobed box with dragons


    Government kilns had access to the finest raw materials including imported cobalt. Imported cobalt is far superior to the blue pigment found locally to Jingdezhen in, for example, Leping 樂平 and Ruizhou 瑞州. After grinding for a long time, it appeared almost deep purple when fired beneath a transparent blue-tinged glaze. The form of this box is very unusual. It is decorated around the outside with five-clawed dragons alternately rising and descending on each lobe, pursuing a flaming pearl with rocks and waves. Potters decorated the cover with a concentric petal design forming a flower.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 174 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.32, no.59 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.56, no.B616, pl.XI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.80, no.B616, reign mark, p.118 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the S. K. de Forest Collection. PDF card: S. K. de Forest Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.616

Ten-lobed round porcelain box . Underglaze blue with vertical five-clawed dragon alternately rising and descending on each lobe, pursuing a flaming pearl with rocks and waves. Concentric petal design forming stylised flower on lid. Inscription on base.

Ten-lobed round porcelain box . Underglaze blue with vertical five-clawed dragon alternately rising and descending on each lobe, pursuing a flaming pearl with rocks and waves. Concentric petal design forming stylised flower on lid. Inscription on base.

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