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Flask

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1739-1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Museum number:

    775-1883

  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 56

Physical description

Porcelain flask, flattened circular, painted in underglaze blue with a central boss with formal floral design, surrounded by scroll border and panels containting the Eight Buddhist Symbols, and an outer border of meander pattern, neck and rim with a floral band.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1739-1795 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

Marks and inscriptions

Qianlong reign mark on the base
Not specified in Register

Dimensions

Height: 49.5 cm, Diameter: 36.5 cm

Descriptive line

Flask, porcelain painted in underglaze blue, Jingdezhen, China, Qianlong reign period, 1736-1795

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Huang Weiwen, of Palace Museum, Beijing, wrote about a similar vase that was auctioned by Bonhams Hong Kong on 30 May, 2017. According to Mr Huang, there are a large version (height 50cm) and a smaller version (height 34cm). Large version was made in 1738 and the smaller version in 1737.

Labels and date

Flask
Qianlong reign period
1736-1795

The Eight Buddhist Symbols are the wheel of law, the conch, the canopy, the parasol, the lotus, the vase, the twin fish and the endless knot. Each is associated with a blessing.

Porcelain painted in cobalt blue
Qianlong mark on base
Jingdezhen kilns, south China

Museum no. 775-1883 [2009]

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Eight Buddhist Symbols

Categories

Porcelain; Ceramics; Buddhism

Collection

East Asia Collection

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