Date Made/Found: 1736-1795
Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 105 x 350mm (4 1/8 x 13 3/4in.)
Overall: 172 x 124 x 352mm (6 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 13 7/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.278
This decorative plaque shows the mythical phoenix bird. In legend the hard working but plain phoenix saved the lives of all other birds during a drought. As thanks, the birds gave him their most beautiful feathers.
The phoenix is seen as a symbol of auspiciousness and happiness. At either end of the plaque is a design of grape vines that symbolise a wish for abundance in wealth and sons, that will extend for many generations.Display Location: