Two four-clawed dragons contest a flaming pearl among 'lingzhi' (implying longevity) clouds and flame clouds. The simplified net design for the dragons’ scales and the four claws for them suggest this piece was not made by the imperial kiln, and was used by lower-ranked officials.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
Incense burner decorated with two dragons around a flaming pearl
Place where the work was made
late 19th century
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
10.7 x 13.2 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Acquisition details unknown
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012