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Teabowl and saucer with quail and peonies

Date:
ca. 1710–30
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
Tea bowl (.117): H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.); Saucer (.118): Diam. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.117, .118
Not on view
The age-old Chinese pictorial subject of paired quails and rice stalks (substituted here by peonies) first appears on paintings dating back to the twelfth century, and perhaps earlier. The images functioned symbolically to form a rebus that suggested peace and harmony.
Hans Syz
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