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Title

Dish with design of the Three Friends


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

The Jiajing emperor was a faithful disciple of Daoism. The imperial partiality sparked a wave of enthusiasm for Daoist religion throughout the empire, and set a fashion in the decorative arts. Motifs relating to Daoism were most favourably employed in the decoration of ceramics as seen in this dish decorated in a rich blue with the motif of the Three Friends (prunus, pine and bamboo). The Three Friends are symbolic of independence, endurance and integrity. This new type of bright, strong blue was made from cobalt known as Mohammedan blue.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.121.


Details


Other Title

Shallow dish with 'three friends' motif


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

1522-1566


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

3.2 x 17.6 cm


Credit

Gift of Florence Marks, Orwell Phillips and Barbara Selby 1980


Accession number

193.1980


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Ann Macarthur, Inspirations - Art ideas for primary and middle years, Carlton South, 2004, cover (colour illus.), 10 (colour illus.). card 10

Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 90 (illus.). cat.no. 6

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 121 (colour illus.).