A Ming Porcelain Bowl, Wanli Period 1573 – 1620. Decorated with Lotus
A Ming blue and white porcelain bowl, Wanli period c.1600. The deep bowl is decorated with formal scrolling lotus to the exterior, with a lotus band under the rim. The well of the bowl has a large lotus flower and the interior border is of lotus portrayed in a natural setting.
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The lotus is one of the most important symbols in the Chinese art. This Buddhist emblem is a symbol of purity, as the perfect flower grows out of muddy ponds without a stain. The words for lotus in Chinese has the same meaning as to bind, connect (in marriage). It is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. It is the flower used to represent summer.