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Title

Altar vase

late 18th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This skilfully modelled vase, with a shape inspired by Tibetan metal prototypes and a complexity of decoration typical of late Qing dynasty Imperial porcelain, was used on altars in the Imperial palace. The main decoration comprises eight lotus blooms and the eight Buddhist emblems of Happy Augury ('baji xiang'). The eight Buddhist emblems, popular motifs in Chinese decoration, are the canopy, the royal umbrella, the conch shell, the vase, the wheel of the law, the endless knot, the lotus flower and the pair of fish.

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 205.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

late 18th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with overglazed enamels on yellow ground


Dimensions

25.4 x 15.5 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1991


Accession number

148.1991



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 14 (illus.). cat.no. 10

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 205 (colour illus.).