Porcelain with incised decoration and white glaze
Diameter: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); Overall: 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.176
This cup is incised with a "secret" decoration of clouds and dragons.
In the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. Imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. This small white bell-shaped cup illustrates the advanced porcelain techniques and the creative mind of the talented artisan who sought clients on a competitive market.
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