Bowl

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Object Name: 
Bowl
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2010.6.19
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 9.1 cm, Diam (max): 20.3 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1700-1899
Web Description: 
This ruby glass bowl is decorated with cut facets resembling the stylized leaves of a lotus flower, an ornament that was often wheel-cut on glass bowls and enamel-painted on porcelain bowls dating from the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). In the classical literature of Buddhist cultures, the lotus represents enlightenment, rebirth, elegance, beauty, perfection, purity, and grace. This symbol was often used in poems and songs as an allegory of ideal feminine attributes. Like other Chinese domestic objects, this bowl is indicative of cross-cultural influences. It is made of translucent deep, even ruby-colored glass with a technique that was mastered in Europe and brought to East Asia by traveling Jesuit scholars, who were appreciated particularly for their scientific knowledge. Some of them helped to establish glass workshops in China. However, the geometric cutting on the bowl originated with local craftsmen who were trained in the long tradition of hard-stone carving. The facets, cut in multiple regular rows, can also be seen on vessels carved from locally quarried rock crystal and nephrite.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Nagel Auktionen GMBH & Co., Source
2010-06-03
Technique: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
39A102 4 / 311 / EU 1200
label
base gummed rectangular white label
Primary Description: 
Transparent ruby red glass; blown, cut. Bowl with slight lip, cut scallop decoration around exterior, and short, straight-walled cylindrical foot.
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2010 (2011) illustrated, p. 15, #6; BIB# AI86878
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2010 (2011) illustrated, p. 31;
Recent Acquisitions: European Glass (2010) p. 15; BIB# AI82512
39. Spezialauktion asiatische Kunst (39A) : Fine Asian Artt (2009) illustrated, Lot #311;