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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    second half of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, iron red enamel and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr H. J. Oppenheim

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case H, shelf 4

Physical description

Bowl of porcelain, painted inside in underglaze blue with two small figures of boys on a hobby horse; outside with cornflowers on scrolling foliage in gilt on a red ground.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


second half of 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, iron red enamel and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'da ming Yongle nian zhi' in underglaze blue
Made in the Yongle period of the great Ming dynasty


Diameter: 12.1 cm

Descriptive line

Bowl, porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, iron red enamel and gilt; China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, second half of 16th century, with Yongle mark.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.103, pl.145




Glazed; Painted; Gilt

Subjects depicted

Scrolling foliage; Horses; Boys; Cornflowers


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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