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Title

Dish with dragon swimming among the lotus

1488-1505

Artist

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Saucer dish with dragon and waterweed design
    Dish with dragon design
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Hongzhi 1488 - 1505 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Date
    1488-1505
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
    Dimensions
    4.4 x 21.5 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Florence Marks, Orwell Phillips and Barbara Selby 1980
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    192.1980
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Three five-clawed dragons, one in the centre of the interior and two on the exterior surface decorate this elegant plate. With their mouths closed, the elongated dragons swim amongst the water lotus and lake plants. The lotus is a symbol of purity and perfection both in traditional Chinese literati culture and Buddhist art. The serene dragons, the lotus and the band of calm water lapping the interior rim together present a fresh and placid scene quite distinct from dragons contesting for pearls amid the clouds.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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