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Title

Dish with moulded peony and deer decoration

14th century

Artist

No image
  • Details

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

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr J. Knox 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    39.1981
    Artist information
    Longquan ware

    Works in the collection

    33

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  • 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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