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  • Museum number

    PDF,B.591

  • Description

    Circular porcelain box and cover. Covered with uneven, crazed turquoise glaze. On outside of cover, two incised dragons chasing a flaming pearl among clouds. Double border of bats and clouds. Lower part also decorated with bats and clouds, as well as stylised lotus border. There is an inscription on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18th-19thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B591

    Box incised with dragons and bats


    This box is incised with a design of dragons and bats. Dragons are considered auspicious creatures. Bats are a visual pun for happiness or blessings. They are a very popular motif in the nineteenth century but do occur earlier.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and crazed turquoise glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing, about 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.57, no.B591 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 122-123, no.51 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp 58-59, no.B591 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case38/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.591

Circular porcelain box and cover. Covered with uneven, crazed turquoise glaze. On outside of cover, two incised dragons chasing a flaming pearl among clouds. Double border of bats and clouds. Lower part also decorated with bats and clouds, as well as stylised lotus border. Inscription on base.

Circular porcelain box and cover. Covered with uneven, crazed turquoise glaze. On outside of cover, two incised dragons chasing a flaming pearl among clouds. Double border of bats and clouds. Lower part also decorated with bats and clouds, as well as stylised lotus border. Inscription on base.

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