A Chinese cloisonné enamel bowl of conical form, with flat base, bronze flattened rim and foot rim, decorated on the exterior with the bajixiang, eight Buddhist emblems above eight lotus flower heads, all on scrolling branches with leaves in red, yellow, white, blue, green and black on a turquoise ground, the base similarly decorated with a single lotus flower and bud, the interior with two registers, each of the eight lotus flower heads on scrolling branches with leaves on a white ground encircling a blue Tibetan Sanskrit character on a white ground in the well of the interior.

Ming dynasty, 16/17th century.

4 5/8 inches 11.8cm diameter

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949) collection.
  • A related conical bowl dated to the first half of the sixteenth century is illustrated by Brinker and Lutz in Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, no.75.