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
Brush rest in the form of mountains
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
13.0 x 17.7 x 4.0 cm
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017
Referenced in 2 publications
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.).