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'Bianhu' (flask) with bajixiang or the eight Buddhist emblem

Date: c.1736-95
Overall: 49.8 x 37.5 cm (19 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)
Medium: Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue
Credit Line: The Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection of Blue and White Chinese Porcelain
Origin:China, Jiangxi, Jingdezhen
Object number: G98.9.1
DescriptionBianhu of circular form, and each of the slightly domed sides centered with a raised boss. The cylindrical neck has moulded S-shaped brackets, and raised on a rectangular foot rim. Painted in underglaze blue in the Ming-style simulating the "heaping and piling" effect, found on early Ming porcelain. The neck, shoulders and foot rim has a dense foliate lingzi scroll design. The circular panels has a key-pattern border centering a traditional design of eight radiating lotus petal panels each decorated with one of the bajixiang or eight Buddhist emblems. Six character Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue.