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Title

Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

In the centre of the interior are two five-clawed dragons, one ascending and the other descending, pursuing a flaming pearl among scrolling clouds. On the exterior, two dragons chase flaming pearls. The Dragon King in Buddhism is believed to possess a precious pearl that lies in the ocean. The decorative theme of dragons playing with pearls started to appear after the Tang and Song dynasties (7th – 12th centuries) is one sign of the spread of Buddhism in China.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Titles

Dish (two dragon design)

Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

1875-1908


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

6.4 x 44.5 cm


Credit

Purchased 1979


Location

Not on display


Accession number

134.1979


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 31. cat.no.145

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, front and back cover (colour illus.), 7, 31 (illus.). cat.no. 44. See 'Further Information' for text.