An image of Altar vase

Unknown Artist

Altar vase

Location
Not on display
Further information

This skilfully modelled vase, with a shape inspired by Tibetan metal prototypes and a complexity of decoration typical of late Qing dynasty Imperial porcelain, was used on altars in the Imperial palace. The main decoration comprises eight lotus blooms and the eight Buddhist emblems of Happy Augury ('baji xiang'). The eight Buddhist emblems, popular motifs in Chinese decoration, are the canopy, the royal umbrella, the conch shell, the vase, the wheel of the law, the endless knot, the lotus flower and the pair of fish.

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 205.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Jiaqing 1796–1820
Year
late 18th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with overglazed enamels on yellow ground
Dimensions
25.4 x 15.5 cm
Credit
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1991
Accession number
148.1991