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Porcelain jar in the form of a spittoon (zhadou). Decorated all over with enamels on the biscuit. Outside incised with five-clawed dragons and flaming pearls among ruyi clouds, in copper green against a yellow enamel ground. Colourless glaze inside. Base glazed, with mark.
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Height: 109 millimetres
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Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521
Room 95 label text:
Zhadou with dragons
Zhadou (jar with bulbous body and flared rim) were used as spittoons, or vessels for leys or slops. This zhadou is incised with five-clawed dragons, shown in profile with clenched jaws, chasing flaming pearls and each other amid auspicious ruyi clouds. Potters inscribed a four (as opposed to the usual six) character Zhengde reign mark in underglaze blue on the base and covered the inside and base with a transparent glaze, then, before a second lower temperature firing they picked out the dragon and cloud design in green glaze on a ground of yellow. Potters working at Jingdezhen a century earlier, in the Yongle (AD 1403–24) reign invented this green and yellow colour scheme and design.
Porcelain, incised and with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and green and yellow glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–21
- On display (G95/dc25/sh7)
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