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An image of Tea plate by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Tea plate
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Cultural origin
Style: export ware.
Kangxi 1662 - 1722Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
late 17th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze decoration

2.7 x 15.7 cm

Bequest of the Hon. Sir Colin Davidson 1961
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The rim of the plate is decorated with waves of water, while in the centre is a four sharp-clawed dragon fighting furiously over a flaming pearl with a carp, surrounded by splashes of water created by this battle. On the outside wall of the plate are six symbols of Buddhism. Carps in Chinese legend are often associated with dragons such as in the story of “Carps jump over the dragon gate”, in which carps become dragons after leaping over the dragon gate on the Yellow River. To this day in China, this tale is widely used to encourage young people to overcome difficulties and achieve great success.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Exhibition history (2)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1961, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Apr 1962–25 May 1962

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