Bowl with underglaze blue lotus flowers, Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35

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Bowl with underglaze blue lotus flowers, Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration and yellow glaze. Height: 80 mm, Diameter: 171 mm. Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, PDF.682 © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted mouthrim and wide foot. There are scrolling lotus flowers and leaves between a band of squared spirals at the mouthrim, a band of separated lotus flowers, classic scrolls around the foot, a roundel in the centre of the interior with a single lotus flower head and scrolling leaves, and bands of lotus flowers and leaves around the cavetto. There is a mark on the base. 

The Xuande emperor, despite reigning for just ten years, commissioned an extraordinary variety of forms and patterns from the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. This bowl has an underglaze blue Xuande mark on the base.