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    Porcelain dish. The dish has a white body and deep cobalt blue glaze, almost white at the rim, and white glaze on the base. There are dragons moulded on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

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    • 1426-1435
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 43 millimetres
    • Diameter: 203 millimetres
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        Six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A501

    Saucer-dish with blue glaze

    This saucer-dish is covered inside and around the outer walls with a deep blue, high-fired, cobalt-pigmented glaze. The glaze has shrunk away slightly from the rim revealing a pure white porcelain body. The dish is incised on the base with a six-character Xuande reign mark in a double ring beneath a transparent glaze. Single-colour high-fired blue glazes were first used in the Yuan dynasty (see case 53). Archaeologists have excavated similar dishes at the site of the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. These were rejected and broken by the potters if they failed to meet the high standards demanded.

    Porcelain with deep blue high-fired cobalt glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.28, no.A501 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.29, no.A501 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc61

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Porcelain dish covered inside and outside with deep blue glaze. Moulded inside with dragons around the sides. White rim and base, with inscription.

Porcelain dish covered inside and outside with deep blue glaze. Moulded inside with dragons around the sides. White rim and base, with inscription.

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