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  • Place of origin:

    Zhejiang (made)

  • Date:

    1279-1368 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed stoneware with applied and incised decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Mrs B. Z. Seligman Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 25, shelf 3

Chinese potters first used sprigging around 600–400 BC. The technique was revived for details by potters at the Longquan kilns in south China, this dish being one example.

Physical description

Dish with rounded sides, flattened and slightly everted rim, recessed base and unglazed foot-ring. Stoneware covered with celadon glaze, matt with pinholes from the firing. Decorated inside in moulded relief with a small-headed, scaly, four-clawed dragon rampant with pointed tail, and round the cavetto with a band of sketchy, incised cloud scroll; the outside with carved lotus petals.

Place of Origin

Zhejiang (made)


1279-1368 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glazed stoneware with applied and incised decoration


Height: 7.6 cm, Diameter: 35.6 cm

Descriptive line

Longquan ware. Dish, stoneware with dragon applied under a celadon glaze, China, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

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

Ayers, John Chinese and Korean pottery and porcelain London: Lund Humphries, 1964, Seligman collection of Oriental art series II, D186
Venice Exhibition Catalogue 1954, no. 436 (from the Carl Kempe collection)
City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Illustrated Catalogue of the Schiller Collection of Chinese ceramics, jades and bronzes 1948, no. 2538
Hetheringon, A.L., Celadon Wares, London : Oriental Ceramic Society, 1947

Production Note



Stoneware; Celadon


Applied; Incised

Subjects depicted

Cloud scroll; Lotus petal; Dragon


Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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