Cup, China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-98)

 Cup, China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-98). Porcelain with decoration in moulded relief and incised under copper red glaze. Height: 5.1 cm, Diameter: 9.8 cm. C.138-1963 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017.

Cup with rounded sides and everted rim, the footrim of "V" section with chamfered edge, the flat base showing a spiral finish and unglazed and burnt slightly orange-red in parts. The glaze is of a comparatively even, soft red of somewhat brownish tone, through which the turning marks on the outside of the bowl are visible, while the colour is very thin at the rim. The bowl is decorated round the inside with a moulded design of two running five-clawed dragons with clouds between them and in the centre with an incised cloud design.