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Title

'Wucai' dish decorated with dragon and two phoenixes above the Immortal Isles in the Eastern sea


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

In the interior centre of this colourful dish is an ascending five-clawed dragon with its mane flying apart in the middle. Alongside the dragon are two descending phoenixes. Below them are three geometric designs arising from the wavy ocean, symbols of the sacred mountains of Penglai, Fangzhang and Yingzhou in the Bohai sea. At the top is a circle containing three bars, the first character in 'Book of Change' - Qian. Qian refers to the sky, the sun and male yang force. On the sides of the dish are animals under branches of flowering pomegranate trees whose seeds symbolise male heirs. On the exterior are ruyi (literally meaning 'as you wish') floral patterns.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Titles

Dish with design of dragon and two phoenix above the Eastern seas

Dish with design of dragon and phoenixes


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with 'wucai' (five colour) polychrome enamel decoration


Dimensions

4.0 x 27.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1988


Accession number

302.1988


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 23, 51 (illus.). cat. no. 29, plate nos. 12, 21

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Chinese Porcelain', pg. 30-41, Sydney, 1990, 34 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 120 (colour illus.).