A gold-splashed bowl with a Xuande six-character reign mark, from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, was included in the exhibition Guan cang yadiao ji Ming, Qing tonglu tezhan / Special Exhibition of Ivory Carvings and Ming and Qing Incense Burners from the Museum's Collection, Kumamoto City Museum, Kumamoto, 1997, cat. no. 178, which may have served as inspiration for the present example. See also a bowl sold in these rooms, 15th May 1990, lot 353; a slightly larger example sold in our London rooms, 13th July 2005, lot 191; and a plain bronze bowl of this type, attributed to the Ming dynasty, published in The Second Bronze Age. Later Chinese Metalwork, London, 1991, pl. 45, where the present piece is mentioned as a comparable example.
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