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Porcelain dish. Covered in deep blue glaze, with decoration in white slip of three-clawed dragon in pursuit of a pearl. Base unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 15 millimetres
- Diameter: 157 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan, mid 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Dish with a dragon and flaming pearl
This porcelain dish is remarkable for its extremely rare technique of combining a white design with a monochrome blue ground. Potters first applied a cobalt-blue monochrome glaze to all but the base, which was left unglazed. Next they cut out in thin clay a sinewy dragon pursuing a flaming pearl and applied it to the dish. They used slip to add details such as the three claws, incised the dragon's scales, and painted its eyes blue for greater dynamism. Finally they covered it with a transparent glaze and fired the dish at a high-temperature of about 1280–1320°C. Originally the dragon may have been gilded. The flat shape of the dish was probably based on a metal prototype.
Porcelain with applied, slipped and incised decoration and cobalt-blue and transparent glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1320–50
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Object reference number: RRC39464
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