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Title

Dish with design of the Three Friends

1522-1566

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Shallow dish with 'three friends' motif
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Jiajing 1522 - 1566 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Date
    1522-1566
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
    Dimensions
    3.2 x 17.6 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Florence Marks, Orwell Phillips and Barbara Selby 1980
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    193.1980
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

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    The Jiajing emperor was a faithful disciple of Daoism. The imperial partiality sparked a wave of enthusiasm for Daoist religion throughout the empire, and set a fashion in the decorative arts. Motifs relating to Daoism were most favourably employed in the decoration of ceramics as seen in this dish decorated in a rich blue with the motif of the Three Friends (prunus, pine and bamboo). The Three Friends are symbolic of independence, endurance and integrity. This new type of bright, strong blue was made from cobalt known as Mohammedan blue.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.121.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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