Bowl with decorative medallions
- Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Jiaqing mark and period (1796–1820)
- Porcelain painted with colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
- H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase by subscription, 1879
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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.