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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain stem cup. The stem cup has a white body and white glaze. There is a dragon in anhua slip on the interior. There is a mark on the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 102 millimetres
    • Diameter: 153 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        inside in the well
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yongle nianzhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Yongle period ( AD 1403- 24)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Yongle 1403-1424Room 95 label text:

    PDF A481

    Stembowl with hidden decoration and tianbai glaze

    The Yongle emperor introduced a four-character reign mark to porcelain, reflecting the close imperial supervision of production at Jingdezhen. Unusually here the mark is incised in the inner wall. The seal script characters 永樂年製 (Yongle nianzhi 'made in the Yongle reign') are framed by a double circle. Technically accomplished potters also made an 暗花 (anhua 'hidden or secret') design of a five-clawed dragon reaching for the reign mark around the inner wall. Chinese archaeologists have shown these delicately potted bodiless stembowls were part of a large order, fired between AD1403 and 1412.

    Porcelain with incised and anhua decoration and transparent tianbai glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle mark and period, AD 1403–12


  • Location

    On display: G95/dc40/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Gift

  • Department


  • Registration number


White porcelain stem cup. Covered with white glaze. Inside decorated with slip anhua design of dragon. Mark inside.

White porcelain stem cup. Covered with white glaze. Inside decorated with slip anhua design of dragon. Mark inside.

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