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An image of Moonflask with design of dragon, clouds and waves by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Title
Moonflask with design of dragon, clouds and waves
Other titles:
Moonflask with a design on each side of a dragon and a flaming pearl
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Period
Qianlong 1736 - 1795Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
1736-1795
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue and copper red
Dimensions

30.5 x 26.0 x 12.5 cm

Credit
Purchased 1964
Accession number
EC1.1964
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

A red front-facing dragon ascends from ocean waves, surrounded by scrolling clouds appearing like tongues of flame. Scrolling clouds are also shown emanating from the body of a dragon and from the pearl he chases. Clouds are among the earliest and continuously invoked auspicious symbols in Chinese art. The mystical 'cloud force' was believed to be a vehicle of the immortals. The benevolent rain-bearing dragon represents the authority and power of the imperial throne; the clouds and the waves symbolise two basic elements of the universe.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Bibliography (10)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 139 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, The Connoisseur, 'Far Eastern Art in the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 22-29, London, May 1980, 28 (illus.).

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 108 (colour illus.).

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 31. cat. no. 59.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 258 (colour illus.). See Further Information for text.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 127 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Chinese Porcelain', pg. 30-41, Sydney, 1990, 39 (colour illus.).

Jacqueline Menzies, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian', pg. 72-93, Sydney, 1988, 77 (colour illus.).

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Adventures in Asia. An education kit for the Asian gallery, Sydney, 2003, cover (colour illus.), 5 (colour illus.). card no. 5; the colour illus. on cover is a detail of this work.

Richard, Cradles of Civilisation: China, "Ming and Qing Society: China and the West", J. Smith, Norman, Sep 1994, 163 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012

Conversations 2014, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015