bowl

late 18th century

Object

Artist

unknown maker

Country

Object Info

Object: bowl
Currently on view
Object ID: 1991.918.2

Credit

Gift of the Sam and Freda Davis Collection

More Info

Dimensions

height: 1.5 in, 3.8100 cm; width: 7.625 in, 19.3675 cm; depth: 5.375 in, 13.6525 cm

Department

Asian

Extended Info

Bowl
Late 1700s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
China
Jade
Gift of the Sam and Freda Davis Collection
1991.918.2

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.

Exhibition History

  • “Light” — Denver Art Museum, 5/19/2019 – 5/1/2020