- Place where the work was made
- Xuande 1426 - 1435 → Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
- Media category
- Materials used
- porcelain in monochrome glaze
- 10.6 x 21.5 cm (irreg.)
- Purchased 1988
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
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