- unknown maker
Late 1700s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Gift of the Sam and Freda Davis Collection
Entirely carved with a chrysanthemum-petal pattern, this bowl is one of a pair in the Denver Art Museum's collection made in imitation of flower-shaped Mughal jade bowls. Among the Mongolian and Turkish people in Central Asia, it has long been a tradition to use bowls as gifts, with jade bowls sometimes used as overtures for peace between states. In 1756, Emperor Qianlong received a jade bowl from the Uyghur leader Khoja Burhan al-Din. The emperor was particularly fond of jade objects from Central Asia and Mughal India and composed a poem to commemorate the gift. The emperor’s interest prompted many Chinese artisans to imitate Mughal-style jades.
- “The Light Show” — Denver Art Museum, 5/19/2019 – 3/7/2021