Archive item - not for sale
Chinese late Ming bowl Wanli (1573-1619), with moulded gently undulating sides and a foliate rim, the exterior painted in a bright cobalt blue with upright sprigs of flowering branches, the rim band with galloping horses, the interior base with a circular panel decorated with mountainous landscape, the sides with two bands the first with Chakra or flaming wheels design, the rim band of rockwork and boats, the base is inscribed with a square seal reading fu gua jia qi ('Beautiful vessel for the rich and honourable')., For a similar bowl see: Musée Antoine Lécuyer of Saint-Quentin (Aisne), France.
Diameter: 8 ½ in. (21.6 cm.)
faint hairline to the rim
This bowl is widely attributed to being about 1600 but it could be earlier. Buddhist wheels:These are flaming wheels; flames have many Buddhist connotations but an eight-spoke wheel would relate to Tibetan Buddhism since it is one of the eight auspicious symbols known as the Wheel of Dharma and it represents the Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddha dharma. The wheel that leads to perfection