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Dish with moulded peony and deer decoration

14th century


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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Zhejiang Province China
    Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    14th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    8.9 x 33.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Dr J. Knox 1981
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Longquan ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    This dish is a typical 14th century celadon in size, style and colour. The moulded decoration in the centre is not especially common. While the peony design is among the most frequent patterns found on 14th century Longquan celadons it is less common to find a deer discreetly included in the design. The peony is a symbol of wealth and happiness; the deer is the symbol of longevity. The spotted deer in the design is of the 'sika' species, the favourite type of deer with ceramic, metalwork and lacquer artists since the Tang dynasty (618-907). A picture of a deer often represents official emolument because of the similar pronunciation - 'lu' - of the two words.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1981.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Zhejiang Province

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