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Title

Lotus 'lianzi' bowl

1426-1435

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Xuande 1426 - 1435 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Date
    1426-1435
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain in monochrome glaze
    Dimensions
    10.6 x 21.5 cm (irreg.)
    Credit
    Purchased 1988
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    359.1988
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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