An image of Brush rest moulded in the form of three dragons

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Brush rest moulded in the form of three dragons

Other titles:
Brush rest in the form of mountains
Location
Not on display
Further information

Three dragons are sitting among clouds above three mountains emerging from the ocean. The myth of the Three Sacred Mountains first appeared in the Warring States period (475-221BC) when the pursuit of immortality was very popular. Legend has it that the Penglai, Fangzhang, and Yinghai in the East China sea had herbs that could make people live forever. Dragons are often combined with the Three Sacred Mountains in Ming and Qing decorative art.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644, Wanli 1573–1619
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions
13.0 x 17.7 x 4.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
300.1988