The decoration is of two five clawed dragons around the 'five happinesses' wu fu in the center and on the underside of the rim - three happinesses. The entire poem could be translated: Kaishu script was introduced in China in the Sui AD and Tang dynasties AD and is what we now most commonly associate with Chinese writing. Such advancement in technique was regarded as significant for production. That said, it is common to find less well-executed marks on lesser quality ceramics or works of art made during the reign of the Emperor, but which were not intended for imperial use.
Chinese Porcelain Marks
This table enables the character combinations for each year to be easily converted to specific years. Made in China Click here to see large picture Square base mark in red enamel. Dated to the geng yin year in the calligraphy.
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Given the close dates, this pot may have been part of the campaign. Dated in the inscription to the ren xu year There are two versions either of which can be found in many date or commemorative marks.