Bowl in the shape of a lotus leaf


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

This bowl is shaped like a lotus and embellished with carved decoration that provides a continuous scene of lotus blossoms, pods, and leaves. The image of lotuses with stems entwined together is a rebus for firm roots and luxuriant branches (bengu zhirong)—an allusion to good wishes for a flourishing business

Bowl in the shape of a lotus leaf, Yellow glass with carved and incised decoration, China

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