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  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Covered in deep blue glaze, with decoration in white slip of three-clawed dragon in pursuit of a pearl. Base unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15 millimetres
    • Diameter: 157 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan, mid 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A562

    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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 38 and p. 310 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.38, no.A562 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.38, no.A562 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.49, no.22 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.53, no.26 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.66, no.54 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc55

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