- Provenance information is currently unavailable
- Previous Owner(s)
Edward T. Chow 1910 - 1980
Mathias Komor 1909 - 1984
The deep, conical shape of this vessel is known in Chinese as a "lotus pod bowl," in reference to its silhouette that resembles the seedpod at the center of a lotus flower. Long, pointed petals on the exterior reinforce the lotus imagery. Inside the bowl, a spray of loquat appears at the bottom; scrolls of chrysanthemum and camellia blossoms, standing for autumn and winter, also appear. This design may suggest a seasonal use of the bowl.
The bowl is unmarked, and since its type was prized at both the Yongle and Xuande courts, the vessel is difficult to date precisely, although this example seems more likely of the Yongle reign. Appreciation for this type of bowl extended far beyond China; similar examples were sent in the fifteenth century to not only the Near East and but also Europe.
- Published References
- Ming Porcelains in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1953. p. 13, fig. 3.
- Ann Frank. Chinese Blue and White. New York. p. 38.
- Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 93.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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