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An image of Dish with dragon motif by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Dish with dragon motif
Other titles:
Saucer dish with green enamel dragon
Dish with dragon design
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Zhengde 1506 - 1521Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with green enamel decoration

4.2 x 18.0 cm

Purchased 1964
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In the centre of the plate’s interior is a five-clawed, descending dragon, its mouth closed. Three patches of swollen clouds are used to decorate the background. The exterior is decorated with two relatively simple five-clawed dragons. The bodies of the dragons are enamelled on the biscuit (the unglazed clay), with so called 'an hua' or 'secret decoration' of wave and rock patterns barely visible beneath the white glaze on the walls of the dish. This green enamelled ware with a white ground is distinctive of the Zhengde period.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Bibliography (2)

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 8, 22. 22. See Further Information for text.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 120 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

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