bottle, pilgrim

bottle, pilgrim

1736-1795
Country
China
bottle, pilgrim
Gift of May Wilfley in memory of her parents, A. R. Wilfley and Addie M. Wilfley
1974.28

Moon Flask, 1736–1795. Qianlong period, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), China.
Porcelain with underglaze blue; 19 1/2 x 15 x 8 in.
Denver Art Museum: Gift of May Wilfley in memory of her parents, A. R. Wilfley and Addie M. Wilfley, 1974.28

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 19.5 in, 49.5300 cm; width: 15 in, 38.1000 cm; depth: 8 in, 20.3200 cm
Inscription
Qianlong mark on bottom.
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Moon Flask
1736–1795, Qianlong period, Qing dynasty (1644– 1911)
China
Porcelain
Gift of May Wilfley in memory of her parents, A. R. Wilfley and Addie M. Wilfley
1974.28

With a circular body, tube-shaped neck, and a flared oval base, this blue-and-white moon flask is one of the finest examples made during Emperor Qianlong’s reign. It is decorated with Buddhist auspicious signs and motifs, a popular practice since the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368). It is believed that these signs were introduced to inland China through the spread of esoteric Buddhism from Tibet. The shape of this flask is likely an imitation of glass and metal vessels from West Asia.