Large porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with scrolling flower heads inside and outside. Unglazed base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 62 millimetres
- Diameter: 343 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Elphinstone Collection. PDF card: Elphinstone Gift
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Object reference number: RRC39507
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