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Title

Plate with dragon-among-flowers design

late 17th century-early 18th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

Alternate image of Plate with dragon-among-flowers design by
Alternate image of Plate with dragon-among-flowers design by
Alternate image of Plate with dragon-among-flowers design by
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Dish
    Plate
    Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon-among-flowers design
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Kangxi 1662 - 1722 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    late 17th century-early 18th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain decorated in underglaze blue
    Dimensions
    6.5 x 39.2 cm
    Credit
    Bequest of Alan Renshaw 1975
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    285.1975
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    In the centre of the interior is a five-clawed descending dragon among lotus flowers. On the sides are two chrysanthemum and six peony floral designs. The design of dragons amongst floral motifs on porcelain first appeared on Yue ware of the Five dynasties (906-960). This motif enjoyed great popularity during the Ming dynasty, employed mostly on blue and white porcelain, and was often copied in the Qing dynasty. Being the most common flower in Chinese design, the lotus was viewed as a symbol of purity and integrity by Confucian scholars and an emblem of Buddhism. The application of chrysanthemums and peonies, representing autumn and spring respectively, alludes to the cyclical relationship of yin and yang.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications