Dish with overlapping petals and fish

Carved bowl with fish worked in high relief on the outside; when viewed as a silhouette from the inside of the thin jade, it appears as if swimming under water. Petals around the side walls evoke a lotus flower. In Chinese, the words for “lotus” (lian) and “fish” (yu) are homonyms with words that together mean continuous abundance.

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 17th-18th centuries
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x Diam: 3.5 x 17.4 cm (1 3/8 x 6 7/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.780
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
China, fish, nephrite, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Desmond Gure 1905 - 1970
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

Carved bowl with fish worked in high relief on the outside; when viewed as a silhouette from the inside of the thin jade, it appears as if swimming under water. Petals around the side walls evoke a lotus flower. In Chinese, the words for "lotus" (lian) and "fish" (yu) are homonyms with words that together mean continuous abundance.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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