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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Large porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with scrolling flower heads inside and outside. Unglazed base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 62 millimetres
    • Diameter: 343 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A600

    Large serving dish with composite flower scroll

    Potters working at Jingdezhen used a blue-generating cobalt pigment imported from the Middle East or Central Asia at this time. It diffuses in patches through the transparent glaze and after cooling appears black where it has burnt through the glaze and pale blue where it is thin. Serving dishes of this type were exported to Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. These dishes were more suited to foreign dining than Chinese cuisine, which requires a variety of smaller bowls and containers. This example is decorated with a composite flower scroll in the centre.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle reign, AD1403–1424


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 76 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.34, no.A600, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.52, no.A600 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 22-23, no.3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc17/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Elphinstone Collection. PDF card: Elphinstone Gift

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