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Glass Bowl with Buddhist Décor

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Qianlong Era (1736-1795) ChinaGlassH 7 cm; Ø 16 cm

Glass production in China began during the Zhou dynasty (11th century B. C. to 771 B.C.). The imitation of jade and other precious stones played a key-role in Chinese glass art for a long time. In the late 17th century, the imperial court in Beijing was the first to set up glass workshops. The glass workshops were located next to the lacquer, enamel and porcelain workshops, thus, the artistic techniques mutually influenced each other in form and decoration. The 18th century marked the golden age of Chinese monochrome glass production. The porcelain of this time was also produced in a multitude of new monochrome glazes not seen until this time. On the bottom of this semi-translucent yellow bowl with its incised Buddhist décor is a hallmark of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). The Emperor was a follower of Tibetan Buddhism and yellow was the colour of the imperial family.