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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.626

  • Description

    Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue and red with incised five-clawed dragons in red against blue waves. Anhua horizontal dragons painted in slip on the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 105 millimetres
    • Diameter: 152 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Xuande
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF A626

    Blue-and-white stembowl with red dragons


    Potters incorporated all the latest early fifteenth century porcelain technology when making this stembowl. Craftsmen added an暗花 (anhua ‘secret or hidden decoration’) of raised slip, showing two five-clawed dragons chasing each other and their flaming pearls inside the cup in the cavetto. This pattern is only visible when held to the light. They decorated it outside with an incised design of five-clawed dragons coloured by underglaze copper-red against a dense pattern of underglaze cobalt-blue painted waves with white crests.


    Porcelain with incised, anhua, underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 43 and p. 310 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.39, no.A626, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.58, no.A626, colour p.36 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.63, no.33 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.63, no.48 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.76, no.65 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case59-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.626

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue and red with incised five-clawed dragons in red against blue waves. Anhua horizontal dragons  painted in slip on the inside.

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue and red with incised five-clawed dragons in red against blue waves. Anhua horizontal dragons painted in slip on the inside.

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