An image of Tea plate

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Tea plate

Location
Not on display
Further information

The rim of the plate is decorated with waves of water, while in the centre is a four sharp-clawed dragon fighting furiously over a flaming pearl with a carp, surrounded by splashes of water created by this battle. On the outside wall of the plate are six symbols of Buddhism. Carps in Chinese legend are often associated with dragons such as in the story of “Carps jump over the dragon gate”, in which carps become dragons after leaping over the dragon gate on the Yellow River. To this day in China, this tale is widely used to encourage young people to overcome difficulties and achieve great success.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Cultural origin
Style: export ware.
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Kangxi 1662–1722
Year
late 17th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze decoration
Dimensions
2.7 x 15.7 cm
Credit
Bequest of the Hon. Sir Colin Davidson 1961
Accession number
EC6.1961