An image of Dish with dragon swimming among the lotus

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Dish with dragon swimming among the lotus

Other titles:
Saucer dish with dragon and waterweed design, Dish with dragon design
Location
Not on display
Further information

Three five-clawed dragons, one in the centre of the interior and two on the exterior surface decorate this elegant plate. With their mouths closed, the elongated dragons swim amongst the water lotus and lake plants. The lotus is a symbol of purity and perfection both in traditional Chinese literati culture and Buddhist art. The serene dragons, the lotus and the band of calm water lapping the interior rim together present a fresh and placid scene quite distinct from dragons contesting for pearls amid the clouds.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644, Hongzhi 1488–1505
Year
1488-1505
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions
4.4 x 21.5 cm
Credit
Gift of Florence Marks, Orwell Phillips and Barbara Selby 1980
Accession number
192.1980