3102
3102
A RARE BROWN LACQUER ALMS BOWL
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
3102
A RARE BROWN LACQUER ALMS BOWL
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Arcadian Beauty – Exceptional Works from the Song Dynasty

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A RARE BROWN LACQUER ALMS BOWL
SONG DYNASTY
exquisitely modelled with a compressed globuar body rising from a rounded base to an incurved rim, attractively covered overall with brown lacquer
16 cm, 6 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

Fashioned to sit perfectly in two cupped hands, this bowl is unusual for its uniformly rounded form which features no foot or base and was probably placed on a stand. Bowls of this form, which formed one of the four essential possessions of Buddhist monks and were used to solicit food from the laity, are best known from the images of Bhaisajyaguru, the Medicine Buddha, who is often depicted holding a related alms bowl in his left hand.

See a larger black lacquer alms bowl with a flat base and a cover, attributed to the Five Dynasties to the early Northern Song period, excavated in 1978 from Futian gongshe, Jianli, Hubei province and now preserved in the Jingzhou Museum, Jingzhou, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji feilei. Zhongguo qiqi quanji [Compendium of Chinese lacquer], vol. 4. Sanguo – Yuan, Fuzhou, 1998, pl. 67. This form experienced a renaissance during the Qianlong period (r. 1736-1795) and was reinterpreted in a wide variety of media; for example see a Qianlong mark and period cloisonné enamel alms bowl decorated with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Enamels, vol. 2, Cloisonné in the Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 261; and a spinach-green jade alms bowl decorated overall with writhing dragons, from the Thompson-Schwab collection, sold in our London rooms, 9th November 2016, lot 26.

Arcadian Beauty – Exceptional Works from the Song Dynasty

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Hong Kong