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Basin
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bowl has special significance in the history of Chinese enamel. With wide center and slightly chamfered rim it shows the influence of Islamic handicraft—a form that can be traced from Persia to Spain. Moreover, it is one of the few cloisonné pieces from the Ming Period with a narrative decoration.

History of the Object
The basin shows the palace of the celestial mother Xiwangmu, the foremost female deity of Daoism. Her palace in the West Great Mountain is the most resplendent imaginable. It is also the scene of grand, festive gatherings of the immortals.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Copper with decoration in polychrome cellular enamel (émail cloisonné) 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
Ming Dynasty, Wanli Period (1573–1619), 2nd half 16th century  
Function
Basin 
Acquisition
1949, formerly Private Collection, Vienna 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Georg Mayer 
Owner
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Museum
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Credit line
MAK 

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