Typical of export blue-and-white, this bowl features a boldly drawn design of lotus and ducks. Since they are known to mate for life, pairs of mandarin ducks became a popular auspicious symbol for a happy marriage and appear frequently in the Chinese decorative repertoire.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.137.
South China bowl with duck and water weed design
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
9.5 x 21.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr J. Knox 1981
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 91 (illus.). cat.no. 7
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 137 (colour illus.).