An image of Moonflask with design of dragon, clouds and waves

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Moonflask with design of dragon, clouds and waves

Other titles:
Moonflask with a design on each side of a dragon and a flaming pearl
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Qianlong 1736–1795
Year
1736-1795
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue and copper red
Dimensions
30.5 x 26.0 x 12.5 cm
Credit
Purchased 1964
Accession number
EC1.1964