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Title

Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl

1875-1908

Artist

Alternate image of Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl by Jingdezhen ware
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Dish (two dragon design)
    Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Guangxu 1875 - 1908 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    1875-1908
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
    Dimensions
    6.4 x 44.5 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1979
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    134.1979
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 31. cat.no.145

    • J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, front and back cover (colour illus.), 7, 31 (illus.). cat.no. 44. See 'Further Information' for text.

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