The ornamentation on Porcelain reflects the thoughts, will and taste of people at different times while beautifying Porcelain.Here are some descriptions about the animal patterns on porcelain.
The dragon pattern is one of the classical Chinese ceramic patterns, and was used as a decoration for pottery in prehistoric times.As time goes on, its shape keeps changing.In Tang Dynasty, as the dragon pattern gradually became the symbol of the emperor, its image became more and more powerful.The dragon pattern of Yuan dynasty began to increase, and the dragon pattern on blue and white porcelain was the most typical with small dragon head and flexible body shape.
Ming Dynasty dragon panttern has stout body, with horns on the dragon head.The dragon has to be rolled up and has dragon scales.The dignity of the dragon in the periods of Kangxi and Yongzheng period was magnificent.In the late Qing Dynasty, the expression of dragon grain began to become kind, and became a popular decoration subject.
Phoenix is the mythical bird of ancient legend, whose image is mysterious and strange in legend. It is a symbol of beauty and peace.Phoenix is the head of the hundred birds. As for the two pattern, dragon usually represents the emperor while phoenix represents the empress.In Ming and Qing dynasties, a large number of blue and white porcelain and painted porcelain that use the phoenix pattern decoration appeared.
The kylin is an auspicious beast in ancient Chinese legend.Porcelain was decorated with kylin in Yuan Dynasty and was still widely used in Ming and Qing dynasties.
The lion is a sacred animal that is revered in the buddhist scriptures. It is also known as the king of beasts and the symbol of power and majesty.In the Five Dynasties, it appeared the patterns of two lions chaseing and frolicking, starting the porcelain pattern with lion as the decoration.