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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 105 millimetres
- Diameter: 152 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
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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Object reference number: RRC39532
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