Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean
Ceramics & Works of Art
Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean Ceramics & Works
Chinese blue and white ovoid vase, Kangxi (1662-1722), painted with blooming lotus and peony amongst waterweeds, the wide neck and foot with geometric bands containing small floral medallions, the base with a beribboned solid lozenge motif.
Lotus (lian-hua) is a flower of great significance within Buddhism. The plant grows out of muddy earth yet remains pure, and so symbolises purity and spiritual enlightenment. Partially opened buds, as seen here, represent a level of enlightenment that may not be visible at first. The lozenge on the base is one of the eight precious things and represents a mirror, which is said to counter evil influences.
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