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Bowl with the Eight Buddhist Treasures

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Cloisonné enamel
Dimensions:
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); Diam. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Classification:
Cloisonné
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward G. Kennedy, 1929
Accession Number:
29.110.88
  • Description

    The objects supported by lotus stands at the center of this bowl illustrate a traditional grouping of eight "treasures”—among them an endless knot, a banner or flag, a conch shell, and a pair of fish—that were introduced with Buddhism and are often found in the later decorative arts. Here, the fish are repeated at the bottom of the bowl, while lotus blossoms, Buddhist symbols of purity, decorate the exterior. The prevalence of imagery associated with Buddhism and other religious practices in the decoration of cloisonné reflects the use of such goods in temples and palaces.

  • Provenance

    Edward Guthrie Kennedy , New York (until 1929)

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