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Bowl with decorative medallions

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Jiaqing mark and period (1796–1820)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
79.2.1111
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Some of the brightly colored medallions on this bowl derive from flowers, others from balls found under the feet of lions in Buddhist art. The latter may have developed from the wishing jewel (Sanskrit: cintamani), which was introduced to China with Buddhist iconography, and later became a flaming pearl associated with dragons and widely used as an auspicious motif.
Marking: Jiaqing mark
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
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