A CARVED WHITE JADE 'BAJIXIANG' ALMS BOWL
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A CARVED WHITE JADE 'BAJIXIANG' ALMS BOWL

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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A CARVED WHITE JADE 'BAJIXIANG' ALMS BOWL
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The bowl has rounded sides incurving at the rim. It is finely carved to the exterior in low relief with the Eight Buddhist Emblems on a ground of dense clouds. The flat base is carved with swirling waves. The semi-translucent white stone with a light celadon tone.
5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) diam., wood stand
Provenance
Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) and thence by descent to the present owner

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Lot Essay

Emperor Qianlong was renowned as a devout Buddhist and a number of alms bowls were produced in jade during his reign. Compare to a related dark spinach-green jade bowl of this compressed form and inturned mouth rim, inscribed in gilt on the exterior with the Heart Sutra, illustrated in Jadeware (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1995, p. 145, no. 117. The alms bowl form found popularity in its use as other vessels such as brush washers, and a comparable example with a dragon carved in relief against similar dense ground of clouds, is illustrated ibid, p. 201, no. 165.
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