Hexagonal dish with hydrangea and cicadaOn display
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Hexagonal dish with hydrangea and cicada
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue, and polychrome overglaze enamels
Dimensions2.7 cm (height)
14.2 cm max. (diameter)
at foot 7.7 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
Glossary of terms
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.
Impey, Oliver, The Early Porcelain Kilns of Japan: Arita in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century, Oxford Oriental Monographs (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), pp. xiv & 68, illus. p. 68 fig. 56