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Bowl with imaginary composite flowers

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Daoguang mark and period (1821–50)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
79.2.536
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The blossoms and leaves on this bowl illustrate an imaginary flower that combines elements of the peony, lotus, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, and other plants. Intended to represent majesty and beauty, this decorative flower (often known as a baoxianghua) first appeared in the sixth or seventh century. Flowers are not found as motifs in Chinese art prior to this period, and it is possible they were introduced with Buddhist imagery.
Marking: Daoguang mark (seal in blue under glaze)
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
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