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Collection

Longquan ware

(China  – )

Title
Dish with moulded peony and deer decoration
Place of origin
Zhejiang ProvinceChina
Period
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Year
14th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
celadon
Dimensions

8.9 x 33.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Dr J. Knox 1981
Accession number
39.1981
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This dish is a typical 14th century celadon in size, style and colour. The moulded decoration in the centre is not especially common. While the peony design is among the most frequent patterns found on 14th century Longquan celadons it is less common to find a deer discreetly included in the design. The peony is a symbol of wealth and happiness; the deer is the symbol of longevity. The spotted deer in the design is of the 'sika' species, the favourite type of deer with ceramic, metalwork and lacquer artists since the Tang dynasty (618-907). A picture of a deer often represents official emolument because of the similar pronunciation - 'lu' - of the two words.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1981.