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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1911.8
Title
Moon Flask with Decoration of the Eight Buddhist Treasures (Babao) within Stylized Lotus Petals
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
Qianlong period, 1736-1795
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Period
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/310899
Location
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Blue-and-white ware: porcelain with decoration in underglaze cobalt blue; with underglaze cobalt blue mark reading "Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi" in seal-script characters on the base
Technique
Blue-and-white ware
Dimensions
H. 49.6 x W. 36.0 x D. 22.2 cm (19 1/2 x 14 3/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • maker's mark: six-character underglaze blue mark on the base in seal-script, "Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi"
Provenance
Mrs. W. Wheeler Smith, New York (by 1911), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1911.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mrs. W. Wheeler Smith
Accession Year
1911
Object Number
1911.8
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
A Chinese blue-and-white porcelain moon flask of the Qianlong period (1736-95) in Ming style; of circular form with tall neck and double scroll handles, the front and back with a central boss bearing a stylized floral motif, surrounded by eight stylized lotus-petal cartouches bearing the eight Buddhist emblems, all within a key-fret border; the sides with a band of scrolling lotuses; seal mark in underglaze blue; carved wood stand.
Exhibition History

32Q: 2460 East Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 04/20/2016

Earthly Delights: 6,000 Years of Asian Ceramics, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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Visual description by Seung Yeon Sang, Henderson Curatorial Fellow in East Asian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art. Written August 2018.

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