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An image of Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl by Jingdezhen ware Alternate image of Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Title
Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl
Other titles:
Dish (two dragon design)
Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Period
Guangxu 1875 - 1908Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
1875-1908
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions

6.4 x 44.5 cm

Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
134.1979
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (2)

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.

Exhibition history (3)

Chinese Ceramics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Aug 1965–12 Sep 1965

Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012