Conical bowl

DATE:
1127–1279
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain with transparent bluish glaze over incised decoration (qingbai ware)
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
Diameter: 8 1/4 in. (20.95 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
Arts of Asia - China, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Dorace M. Fichtenbaum
OBJECT NUMBER:
1991.21

General Description

The interior of this bowl is carved with a stylized pattern of two boys climbing among foliage sprays and leaves. During the Song dynasty, the motif of children among lotuses or other plants appeared on various objects, such as bronze mirrors, textiles, and ceramics. The motif is best understood as an emblem of good fortune and fertility, specifically with hopes for numerous progeny.

Adapted from

  • DMA unpublished material.