An image of Dish with design of the Three Friends

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Dish with design of the Three Friends

Other titles:
Shallow dish with 'three friends' motif
Location
Not on display
Further information

The Jiajing emperor was a faithful disciple of Daoism. The imperial partiality sparked a wave of enthusiasm for Daoist religion throughout the empire, and set a fashion in the decorative arts. Motifs relating to Daoism were most favourably employed in the decoration of ceramics as seen in this dish decorated in a rich blue with the motif of the Three Friends (prunus, pine and bamboo). The Three Friends are symbolic of independence, endurance and integrity. This new type of bright, strong blue was made from cobalt known as Mohammedan blue.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.121.

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644, Jiajing 1522–1566
Year
1522-1566
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions
3.2 x 17.6 cm
Credit
Gift of Florence Marks, Orwell Phillips and Barbara Selby 1980
Accession number
193.1980