(China – )
2.6 x 13.5 cm diam.
The centre of the dish's interior is decorated with two incised five-claw scaly dragons contesting a flaming pearl amidst clouds, and the exterior with alternating crane and cloud patterns. This type of design was manufactured in considerable quantities throughout the Qing dynasty and must have been widely used in the imperial household. According to the 'Palace Regulations of the Qing dynasty', this design on yellow-background coloured objects could be used by the emperor, the empress dowager or the concubines of the top four ranks.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012