In the centre of the interior are two five-clawed dragons, one ascending and the other descending, pursuing a flaming pearl among scrolling clouds. On the exterior, two dragons chase flaming pearls. The Dragon King in Buddhism is believed to possess a precious pearl that lies in the ocean. The decorative theme of dragons playing with pearls started to appear after the Tang and Song dynasties (7th – 12th centuries) is one sign of the spread of Buddhism in China.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
Dish (two dragon design)
Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
6.4 x 44.5 cm
Not on display