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Title

Moonflask with design of dragon, clouds and waves

1736-1795


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


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


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


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


Accession number

EC1.1964


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history