5.6 x 10.9cm
The exterior is decorated in medium-temperature green and aubergine lead silicate glazes applied to the biscuit (the unglazed clay) surface over an incised design of two dragons each chasing a flaming pearl amidst flames and above a wave and rock border. During the Qing dynasty, court regulations required that colour and pattern on porcelain made for table use in the court to be set according to the rank of the user. This type of green and aubergine-enamelled dragon design was for the concubines of the fourth through seventh ranks.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
Editor Unknown (Editor), Chinese pottery and porcelain 1951, Sydney, 1951. cat.no. 125
Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, The Ceramic Society of Australia, Sydney, 12 Nov 1951–24 Nov 1951
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012