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Title

Tea plate

late 17th century

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Cultural origin
    Style: export ware.
    Period
    Kangxi 1662 - 1722 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    late 17th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze decoration
    Dimensions
    2.7 x 15.7 cm
    Credit
    Bequest of the Hon. Sir Colin Davidson 1961
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    EC6.1961
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

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  • About

    The rim of the plate is decorated with waves of water, while in the centre is a four sharp-clawed dragon fighting furiously over a flaming pearl with a carp, surrounded by splashes of water created by this battle. On the outside wall of the plate are six symbols of Buddhism. Carps in Chinese legend are often associated with dragons such as in the story of “Carps jump over the dragon gate”, in which carps become dragons after leaping over the dragon gate on the Yellow River. To this day in China, this tale is widely used to encourage young people to overcome difficulties and achieve great success.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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