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An image of Dish with design of the Three Friends by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Dish with design of the Three Friends by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Dish with design of the Three Friends
Other titles:
Shallow dish with 'three friends' motif
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Jiajing 1522 - 1566Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

3.2 x 17.6 cm

Gift of Florence Marks, Orwell Phillips and Barbara Selby 1980
Accession number
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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.). 6

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

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015