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Bowl with Flowers and Waves

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Date:
late 17th–early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.429
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
The six Chinese characters on the bottom of this bowl read “made during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor.” Although the Chenghua Emperor ruled from 1467 to 1487, this particular bowl was made several centuries later. Chinese porcelains are sometimes inscribed with earlier dates; these can be read as both an act of respect toward past traditions and a statement of quality.
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