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Title

Stem bowl with two dragons

1506-1521

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Stem cup
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Zhengde 1506 - 1521 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Date
    1506-1521
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with yellow and green enamel
    Dimensions
    10.8 x 15.9 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1965
    Location
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number
    EC3.1966
    Copyright

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  • About

    The interior of the bowl is engraved in the white body beneath a clear glaze with dragons pursuing pearls in the clouds. On the exterior, two five-clawed dragons are engraved and enamelled in emerald green on a yellow background, pursuing flaming pearls among swollen clouds. A border of lotus panels marks the base of bowl, while a classic scroll border decorates the foot of the stem. The motif of dragons chasing pearls appeared in Chinese decorative art after the Tang and Song dynasties, as a result of Buddhist influences. In Buddhism, the dragon king uses this wish-granting pearl (cintamani) as his jewellery.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications