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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) 大清道光年製
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. American, New York (until 1879)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Between Two Cultures: A Selection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," January 30, 2001–August 19, 2001.

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