Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century


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SKU: 189981

Ming celadon deep bowl thickly potted with excellent thick deep green glaze and incised and moulded decoration. The deep rounded sides are incised with scrolling foliage and a Greek key fret border to the outside. This is typical of this type of bowl. The inside is moulded with figures and inscriptions depicting a narrative story. This is the story of Su Qin who died in 317BC, although it is not absolutely certain as the stories of the bowls are very similar There were a group of such narrative bowls produced at Longquan with three or four different narrative stories but they are not common. This bowls story has two figures playing chess, a military and civil official, under a stellar constellation with the inscription that translates as the gods fighting over a chess game. A scholar seated reading a book with an ink stone and the inscription reads,Li Bo gazing at book. An official by a board with a qilin on it and inscribed gold and jade. A lady seated at a table working on a piece of silk with the inscription that reads Lady Zhoa improves her talents. The final figure is playing a zither like instrument and it reads Confucius remembers Yan Hui. The centre is impressed with a noble flower. An excellent example of this type of bowl.

Dimensions 9 cm
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