An image of Plate with dragon-among-flowers design

Unknown Artist

Plate with dragon-among-flowers design

Other titles:
Dish, Plate, Jingdezhen ware plate with dragon-among-flowers design
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the centre of the interior is a five-clawed descending dragon among lotus flowers. On the sides are two chrysanthemum and six peony floral designs. The design of dragons amongst floral motifs on porcelain first appeared on Yue ware of the Five dynasties (906-960). This motif enjoyed great popularity during the Ming dynasty, employed mostly on blue and white porcelain, and was often copied in the Qing dynasty. Being the most common flower in Chinese design, the lotus was viewed as a symbol of purity and integrity by Confucian scholars and an emblem of Buddhism. The application of chrysanthemums and peonies, representing autumn and spring respectively, alludes to the cyclical relationship of yin and yang.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Kangxi 1662–1722
Year
late 17th century-early 18th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain decorated in underglaze blue
Dimensions
6.5 x 39.2 cm
Credit
Bequest of Alan Renshaw 1975
Accession number
285.1975