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On View Louise du Pont Crowninshield Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Wine bowl, 1560-1620
  • Porcelain
  • Jingdezhen, China
  • H: 6 1/2 in, dia.: 14 5/8 in (H: 16.5 cm, dia.: 37.1 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2001
  • AE85783

INSCRIPTION

Inscription 1,taken from a poem by Haffez, reads "Fill up the bowl (with wine) | Thanks to the love, | I am the fortunate and the youthful of the world | Even though I am old" Inscripton 2, taken from a poem by Saadi, is a metaphor for God's magnaminity and goodness.

DESCRIPTION

Kraakware bowl, 1560-1620, Chinese export for the Middle Eastern market, with Persian inscription on the inside rim of poems by 2 14th century Persian poets. Inscription 1,taken from a poem by Haffez, reads "Fill up the bowl (with wine) | Thanks to the love, | I am the fortunate and the youthful of the world | Even though I am old" Inscripton 2, taken from a poem by Saadi, is a metaphor for God's magnaminity and goodness. Only 2 other Kraak bowls exist, both have the same inscription but are decorated differently. 1 is in the Groningen Museum and 1 is in a private collection in Portugal as of 2001.