A LARGE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MOONFLASK
QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)
The flattened, circular body is decorated with a bold and dense allover design of peonies of various sizes and colors, including a large red and white blossom on each side, growing amidst long-stemmed marigolds (wanshouju), chrysanthemums and lingzhi, and continuing up onto the garlic-head neck which is flanked by a pair of gilded dragon-form handles.
20½ in. (52 cm.) high
The Oriental Art Gallery Ltd., London, 1994.
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Wanshouju, which literally means chrysanthemum of 'ten thousand longevities', was also used as a pun to wish the emperor a long life.
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