Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems
late 19th century
Mediumporcelain with overglaze enamel
Credit LineGift of May Wilfley in memory of her parents, A. R. Wilfley and Addie M. Wilfley
Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems. late 19th century. porcelain with overglaze enamel. Gift of May Wilfley in memory of her parents, A. R. Wilfley and Addie M. Wilfley. 1974.53.
Dimensionsheight: 3.25 in, 8.2550 cm; diameter: 18.125 in, 46.0375 cm
InscriptionBlue characters forming square on bottom,underside
DepartmentArts of Asia
CollectionArts of Asia
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Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems China Late 1800s, Qing dynasty Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration Gift of May Wilfley in Memory of her parents, A. R. Wilfley and Addle M. Wilfley 1974.53 The Tongzhi emperor was only nineteen when he died, and his mother, the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), supervised state affairs during his reign and that of the young cousin who succeeded him. As patron of the Imperial Kiln, she influenced the ceramic style of the period, and this large dish, colorfully decorated with the eight Buddhist emblems, is typical of her taste. The rare base mark of the dish indicates that it was made for the Chu Xiu Gong, (Palace for Gathering Elegance), a palace within the Forbidden City where she resided for many years and where, indeed, the Tongzhi emperor was born.
Known ProvenanceLate 19th century, created during the reign of Dowager Empress Cixi [b.1835, d.1908], placed in the Forbidden City (underside marked with the Chuxiugong mark, Chu xiu gong zhi, Palace for Gathering Elegance). At least 1974, May Wilfley [b.1887, d.1983], Englewood CO; 1974, DAM collection, gift of May Wilfley.