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Title

Brush rest moulded in the form of three dragons


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

Three dragons are sitting among clouds above three mountains emerging from the ocean. The myth of the Three Sacred Mountains first appeared in the Warring States period (475-221BC) when the pursuit of immortality was very popular. Legend has it that the Penglai, Fangzhang, and Yinghai in the East China sea had herbs that could make people live forever. Dragons are often combined with the Three Sacred Mountains in Ming and Qing decorative art.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Title

Brush rest in the form of mountains


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

13.0 x 17.7 x 4.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

300.1988


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 24. cat.no. 32

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Scholar's Studio', Sydney, 2003, 160 (colour illus.).