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Box and lid

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1522-1566 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with incised designs and coloured glazes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Box and lid of porcelain, in the form of a flattened sphere. The sides are decorated round the outside, with wide horizontal bands of dragons and flowering stems, alternating with narrow bands of cloud motifs, all incised in outline and filled in with turquoise-blue on a dark blue ground. The top of the lid is ornamented in the same manner with a representation of a fight between two dragons amidst clouds and floral stems. On the base is the mark of the period Jiajing reign of the Ming dynasty.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1522-1566 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with incised designs and coloured glazes

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Jiajing period


Height: 14.9 cm, Diameter: 25.7 cm

Descriptive line

Box and lid, porcelain with incised dragon and floral designs under blue and turquoise glazes; China, Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period (1522-66)

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

Ayers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, Monochrome Plate No. 166.

Production Note





Incised; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Clouds; Floral patterns; Dragons


Ceramics; Porcelain; Containers


East Asia Collection

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