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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:
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Diam. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); Diam. of foot 1 13/16 in. (4.6 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.
#7351: Altar Bowl with Tibetan Inscription, Part 1
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#7351: Altar Bowl with Tibetan Inscription, Part 2
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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
[ Sotheby's, New York November 19, 1982, lot 239, sold to Herzman]; ; Mrs. Stanley Herzman , New York (until 1984; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Selection of Chinese Ceramics from the Adele and Stanley Herzman Collection," June 1, 1990–August 26, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Defining Yongle, Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China," April 1, 2005–July 10, 2005.

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