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Square porcelain box. There is a four-clawed dragon amid clouds in on-biscuit green enamel on a yellow enamel ground on the top, and incised wave patterns around the sides. Mark on the base, which has yellow glaze.
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Width: 29 millimetres
Depth: 29 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Qing 18thC
Room 95 label text:
Square box with dragon
The cover of this box is decorated with a four-clawed dragon among clouds and the outside carries a wave pattern. The base is incised with an apocryphal six-character incised Zhengde reign mark. In contrast to the West, in China dragons are traditionally considered to be auspicious. They are regarded as the controllers of the water supply and are thus often shown with clouds and waves and ultimately came to symbolise imperial authority.
Porcelain with incised decoration and on-the-biscuit green and yellow enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800
- On display (G95/dc25/sh6)
- The box contains small traces of cinnabar-based seal paste. This compound contains mercury, which is harmful is ingested: ensure that disposable gloves are worn when when handling this object.
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