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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.606

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with gently rounded sides. Underglaze blue with two ducks swimming in a lotus pond in a double circle in the centre. Dense trellis pattern around inner rim. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1567-1572
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 millimetres
    • Diameter: 198 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        隆慶年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Longqing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Longqing reign period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:

    PDF B606

    Dish with ducks in a riverscape


    Longqing (AD1567–72) ceramics are particularly rare as the emperor only reigned for six years. Stylistically they relate closely to Jiajing and Wanli imperial wares. This dish is decorated with a traditional theme of mandarin ducks an emblem of marital bliss.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–1572

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.31, no.54 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.54, no.B606, pl.X bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.77, no.B606 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.606

Porcelain dish with gently rounded sides. Underglaze blue with two ducks swimming in a lotus pond in a double circle in the centre. Dense trellis pattern around inner rim. Inscription on base.

Porcelain dish with gently rounded sides. Underglaze blue with two ducks swimming in a lotus pond in a double circle in the centre. Dense trellis pattern around inner rim. Inscription on base.

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