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Title

Tea plate

late 17th century


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Cultural origin

Style: export ware.


Date

late 17th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze decoration


Dimensions

2.7 x 15.7 cm


Credit

Bequest of the Hon. Sir Colin Davidson 1961


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EC6.1961


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history