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Title

Lotus 'lianzi' bowl


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

Chinese porcelain made in the Xuande period is the most highly esteemed by connoisseurs for the technical perfection attained in this period was rarely surpassed. This piece is a classic Ming ceramic, its shape characteristic of the first quarter of the 15th century.

This 'lianzu' or 'lotus-seed capsule' bowl often occurs decorated in underglaze blue, while the subtler, more appealing incised decoration of this bowl is far more uncommon. The shape imitates the seed pod of a lotus with the exterior of the bowl decorated with elongated 'lotus panels' and a regular key fret around the rim. The cavetto is decorated with a peony scroll in the scarcely perceptible 'secret decoration' ('anhua') so skilfully practised by Chinese potters.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 1988.


Details


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

1426-1435


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain in monochrome glaze


Dimensions

10.6 x 21.5 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Purchased 1988


Accession number

359.1988


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history