Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY 
Ruth Meyer Epstein (1921-2007), Scarsdale, NY, given by her parents, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Ruth Meyer Epstein in 1992 
 According to information included in “Page Report,” dated December 1, 1993, in object file.
 See note 1.
 See Ruth M. Epstein’s Deed of Gift, dated June 9, 1992, in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer (1875-1959) and (1887-1970)
Mrs. Ruth Meyer Epstein
In the fifteenth century the Chinese imperial kilns produced porcelain bowls decorated with ducks and inscribed in Tibetan. These inscriptions offered a promise of good fortune for Buddhist believers. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the imperial kilns resumed making bowls with this pattern, but the inscription had become corrupted and was no longer written in Tibetan script. As seen on this nineteenth-century bowl, the writing reproduces the Sanskrit alphabet, but with several mistakes. Some letters are invented forms that appear to be a misunderstanding of a special form of Tibetan ritual script. Most members of the Chinese court could not read Tibetan or Sanskrit, but they nevertheless assumed the writing to be an effective Buddhist invocation.
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- Chinese Art
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