Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Buddhist / Sanskrit
This blue and white porcelain bowl with flared rim was made during the late 15th century. The outer wall is decorated in underglaze blue with a honeycomb pattern. The central decoration is based upon the double-vajra (Buddhist sceptre) pattern. Around the inner rim are Sanskrit characters.
This is a little larger than most known examples of this type with a diameter of 17 cm. Although this bowl is free from repair or restoration and still retains a ring when tapped, there are three hairlines to the wall, two very short and one longer, also a small chip to the inner rim edge also to the foot ring..
For information: various bowls with a similar patterns were excavated from the "Lena Shoal" shipwreck that has been dated to c. 1490 - 1500. The book of this shipwreck, "Lost at Sea" is a valuable dating reference and should be sought out by any collector of middle Ming period porcelain (ISBN 1-902699-35-1). We should stress that our example for sale here has not been recovered from a shipwreck.
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