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'Wucai' dish decorated with dragon and two phoenixes above the Immortal Isles in the Eastern sea


  • Details

    Other Titles
    Dish with design of dragon and two phoenix above the Eastern seas
    Dish with design of dragon and phoenixes
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Wanli 1573 - 1619 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with 'wucai' (five colour) polychrome enamel decoration
    4.0 x 27.0 cm
    Purchased 1988
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    In the interior centre of this colourful dish is an ascending five-clawed dragon with its mane flying apart in the middle. Alongside the dragon are two descending phoenixes. Below them are three geometric designs arising from the wavy ocean, symbols of the sacred mountains of Penglai, Fangzhang and Yingzhou in the Bohai sea. At the top is a circle containing three bars, the first character in 'Book of Change' - Qian. Qian refers to the sky, the sun and male yang force. On the sides of the dish are animals under branches of flowering pomegranate trees whose seeds symbolise male heirs. On the exterior are ruyi (literally meaning 'as you wish') floral patterns.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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