13 November 2001
A DOUCAI SAUCER DISH
Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)
The dish painted and enamelled around the well with the Eight Daoist Emblems, and babao, surrounding a central motif with flowers and peaches, the exterior decorated with flowering branches above a ruyi band at the base
8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm.) diam.
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With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago