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Title

Plate with dragon-among-flowers design


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

In the centre of the interior is a five-clawed descending dragon among lotus flowers. On the sides are two chrysanthemum and six peony floral designs. The design of dragons amongst floral motifs on porcelain first appeared on Yue ware of the Five dynasties (906-960). This motif enjoyed great popularity during the Ming dynasty, employed mostly on blue and white porcelain, and was often copied in the Qing dynasty. Being the most common flower in Chinese design, the lotus was viewed as a symbol of purity and integrity by Confucian scholars and an emblem of Buddhism. The application of chrysanthemums and peonies, representing autumn and spring respectively, alludes to the cyclical relationship of yin and yang.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


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Other Titles

Dish

Plate

Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon-among-flowers design


Place where the work was made

China


Date

late 17th century-early 18th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain decorated in underglaze blue


Dimensions

6.5 x 39.2 cm


Credit

Bequest of Alan Renshaw 1975


Location

Not on display


Accession number

285.1975



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 8, 27. cat.no. 44. See Further Information for text.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 125 (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, 101 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.8 and 8a (mark)