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Pair of wucai (five-colour) dishes with dragon and phoenix designs
0232 & 0278
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The five-claw dragon and phoenix designs demonstrate the royal identity of these two saucers.

History of the Object
Both dishes have a six-character reign mark "Da Ming Wanli nian zhi" (Made in the Wanli Period of the Great Ming) on the base. Potters in Jingdezhen produced this kind of high-quality wucai wares for imperial use during the middle and late Ming periods.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
Each D: 11 cm. H: 2.2 cm. 
Creator name
Imperial kiln 
Creator date
Wanli period (1573-1620), Ming dynasty 
Where it was made
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
16th Century - 17th Century; Wanli period (1573-1620), Ming dynasty 
Function
Imperial ware 
Acquisition
Purchased from E. T. Chow in 1959 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The University of Hong Kong 
Museum
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong 
Credit line
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong 
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