Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
H. 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm); W. 29 15/16 in. (76. 1 cm); D. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm)
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
This basin, embellished with dragons chasing flaming pearls through a cloud-filled landscape, bears on its interior a poem by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735–96), indicating that the piece was inspired by an enormous jade wine container believed to have been commissioned by Khubilai Khan and still on view in Beihai Park, Beijing.
Inscription: Inscription inside by Qianlong Emporer