An image of Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl

Other titles:
Dish (two dragon design), Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon playing with a flaming pearl
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the centre of the interior are two five-clawed dragons, one ascending and the other descending, pursuing a flaming pearl among scrolling clouds. On the exterior, two dragons chase flaming pearls. The Dragon King in Buddhism is believed to possess a precious pearl that lies in the ocean. The decorative theme of dragons playing with pearls started to appear after the Tang and Song dynasties (7th – 12th centuries) is one sign of the spread of Buddhism in China.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Guangxu 1875–1908
Year
1875-1908
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions
6.4 x 44.5 cm
Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
134.1979