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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1573-1620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 37, shelf 3

Whether this vessel was used as a spittoon or as a vase is still unclear.

Physical description

Porcelain vase, squat globular body with a wide flaring neck and flaring rim, stands on a spreading foot. Painted in both underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in wucai style (five colours). On the outside, dragons chasing flaming pearls on the body, a band of squared spirals round the foot, same pattern decorated the neck between a border of floral scroll and a border of downward pointed leaves. On the inside, a border of scrolling foliage round the rim.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1573-1620 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels

Marks and inscriptions

Wanli mark on base


Height: 12.1 cm, Diameter: 12.4 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels with dragons chasing flaming pearls, China, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620)


Porcelain; Cobalt blue


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Scrolling foliage; Dragons; Foliation; Key pattern; Floral scrolls


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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