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An image of Bowl with design of ducks and lotus by Export ware (South East Asia market)
Alternate image of Bowl with design of ducks and lotus by Export ware (South East Asia market)

Export ware (South East Asia market)

(China  – )

Title
Bowl with design of ducks and lotus
Other titles:
South China bowl with duck and water weed design
Place of origin
Fujian ProvinceChina
Period
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Year
16th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions

9.5 x 21.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Dr J. Knox 1981
Accession number
38.1981
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.).