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Asian Art

Pair of Bowls in the Shape of a Lotus

early 18th century

Porcelain with incised hidden decoration (anhua) under clear glaze (Jingdezhen ware); teakwood stand

2 1/8 × 4 1/2 in. (5.4 × 11.43 cm)
Gift of Dr. Yale Kneeland, Jr., B.A. 1922
1956.42.2
Delicate, almost invisible scrolling peonies are carved onto the surface of this bowl. Known as a hidden decoration, or anhua, this technique appeared in the first half of the fifteenth century on porcelains made for the court.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Yongzheng period (1723–35)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Dr. Yale Kneeland Jr.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 171, no. 340, ill.

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