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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.607

  • Description

    Porcelain dish decorated in underglaze blue with five-clawed dragon and clouds roundel and incised waves. Parallel blue lines around inner and outer rim. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with A606.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 190 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A607

    Dish with dragons


    This saucer-dish is painted in underglaze blue with five-clawed dragons and clouds against an incised background of waves framed by a double ring. Outside similar dragons, clouds and evenly-spaced stylised rocks are shown against incised waves. Although this dragon pattern was reproduced throughout the later Ming and Qing dynasties on imperial porcelain, its quality was never matched. Generally details such as the ground of finely incised waves were omitted later. Potting in the Qing was more precise. Archaeologists have unearthed similar Xuande dishes at Zhushan at Jingdezhen.


    Porcelain with incised and underglaze cobalt-blue 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 Monochrome pl. 93 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.35, no.A607 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.53, no.A607 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc59/s3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.607

Porcelain dish decorated in underglaze blue with five-clawed dragon and clouds roundel and incised waves. Parallel blue lines around inner and outer rim. Inscription on base. Pair with A606.

Porcelain dish decorated in underglaze blue with five-clawed dragon and clouds roundel and incised waves. Parallel blue lines around inner and outer rim. Inscription on base. Pair with A606.

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