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ID number:  BIRBI-45.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Chinese
Title / Object name:  Bowl
Object type:  Art object
Place made:  Khotan
Culture:  Chinese
Date made:  1774
Materials:  Grey-green Jade
Measurements:  10.5 cm high, 25.7 cm long, 21 cm wide
Provenance:  Purchased from Sotheby's, 2 May 1945, lot 123, for £550
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This jade bowl is carved in high relief with four scaly dragons pursuing flaming pearls amidst bands of cloud. In its interior is a long inscription which may be partly translated as follows: 'The large piece of jade was a tribute sent from Khotan [the centre of the Chinese jade industry].../The decoration is wonderful as the jade is lovely.../The design resembles the superb painting of Seng-yu.../Written by the Emperor Ch'ien Lung in the cyclical year Chia-wu (AD 1774)'. This is one of many known inscriptions by the Emperor Ch'ien Lung, who reigned between 1736 and 1795, on works of art in the Imperial Collections.

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