Sign on
Plaque and stand
Date Made/Found: 1736-1795
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 109 x 384mm (4 5/16 x 15 1/8in.) Overall: 180 x 381 x 95mm (7 1/16 x 15 x 3 3/4in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.279
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 dragons chasing flaming pearls, a symbol of wisdom.
Display Location: In Store
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