Yellow-glazed wares were reserved for the exclusive use of the emperor and were made at Jingdezhen under official order, although a few yellow wares were given as diplomatic gifts.
The present bowl is unusual as it is rare to find yellow-glazed wares with incised dragon designs. Most monochrome bowls and dishes do not have further decoration. Cf. a few yellow-glazed Hongzhi-marked bowls, one from the Qing court collection, illustrated in Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 38; and another from the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by D. Lion-Goldschmidt, La Porcelaine Ming, Fribourg, 1978, p. 111, pl. 93. Three yellow-glazed dishes are in the British Museum, illustrated by Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp. 185-186, pls. 7:18-20.