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An image of Brush rest moulded in the form of three dragons by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Brush rest moulded in the form of three dragons by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Title
Brush rest moulded in the form of three dragons
Other titles:
Brush rest in the form of mountains
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Period
Wanli 1573 - 1619Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions

13.0 x 17.7 x 4.0 cm

Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
300.1988
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (2)

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.).

Exhibition history (2)

Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012