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Altar Bowl with Tibetan Inscription

Period:
Ming dynasty(1368–1644), Xuande mark and period (1426–35)
Date:
early 15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue and with incised decoration under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
Diam. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Stanley Herzman, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.483.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Often found in Chinese decorative arts and textiles, the inscription on the rim offers wishes and blessings to the user.
Inscription: Inscribed: Xuande nian zhi (Made in the Xuande era)

In Tibetan characters, has been translated:
May the days be auspicious; may the nights be auspicious. May the midday be filled with blessings. May days and night be filled with blessings. May the blessing of the three jewels be realized.

Marking: Xuande mark: four-characters, Xuande Nian Zhi
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