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Title

Stem bowl with two dragons

1506-1521


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The interior of the bowl is engraved in the white body beneath a clear glaze with dragons pursuing pearls in the clouds. On the exterior, two five-clawed dragons are engraved and enamelled in emerald green on a yellow background, pursuing flaming pearls among swollen clouds. A border of lotus panels marks the base of bowl, while a classic scroll border decorates the foot of the stem. The motif of dragons chasing pearls appeared in Chinese decorative art after the Tang and Song dynasties, as a result of Buddhist influences. In Buddhism, the dragon king uses this wish-granting pearl (cintamani) as his jewellery.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Title

Stem cup


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1506-1521


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with yellow and green enamel


Dimensions

10.8 x 15.9 cm


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EC3.1966



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 8,21,49 (illus.). cat.no. 21

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

Julian Thompson, Orientations, 'Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 96-103, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 99 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.5 and 5a (mark)