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An image of Dish with dragon swimming among the lotus by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Dish with dragon swimming among the lotus by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Title
Dish with dragon swimming among the lotus
Other titles:
Saucer dish with dragon and waterweed design
Dish with dragon design
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Period
Hongzhi 1488 - 1505Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Year
1488-1505
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions

4.4 x 21.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Florence Marks, Orwell Phillips and Barbara Selby 1980
Accession number
192.1980
Location
Not on display
Further information

Three five-clawed dragons, one in the centre of the interior and two on the exterior surface decorate this elegant plate. With their mouths closed, the elongated dragons swim amongst the water lotus and lake plants. The lotus is a symbol of purity and perfection both in traditional Chinese literati culture and Buddhist art. The serene dragons, the lotus and the band of calm water lapping the interior rim together present a fresh and placid scene quite distinct from dragons contesting for pearls amid the clouds.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Bibliography (4)

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 198 (colour illus.), 199.

Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 90 (colour illus.). cat.no. 5

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 117 (colour illus.).

Julian Thompson, Orientations, 'Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 96-103, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 99 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.4 and 4a (mark)

Exhibition history (1)

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