An image of Stem bowl with two dragons

Unknown Artist

Stem bowl with two dragons

Other titles:
Stem cup
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644, Zhengde 1506–1521
Year
1506-1521
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with yellow and green enamel
Dimensions
10.8 x 15.9 cm
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
EC3.1966