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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 45 millimetres
- Diameter: 190 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc59/s3
PDF card: before 1934
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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