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Title

Moonflask with design of dragon, clouds and waves

1736-1795

Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Moonflask with a design on each side of a dragon and a flaming pearl
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Qianlong 1736 - 1795 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    1736-1795
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze blue and copper red
    Dimensions
    30.5 x 26.0 x 12.5 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1964
    Location
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number
    EC1.1964
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

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  • About

    A red front-facing dragon ascends from ocean waves, surrounded by scrolling clouds appearing like tongues of flame. Scrolling clouds are also shown emanating from the body of a dragon and from the pearl he chases. Clouds are among the earliest and continuously invoked auspicious symbols in Chinese art. The mystical 'cloud force' was believed to be a vehicle of the immortals. The benevolent rain-bearing dragon represents the authority and power of the imperial throne; the clouds and the waves symbolise two basic elements of the universe.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications

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