About this object

A Kangxi dynasty porcelain stem cup decorated with chrysanthemum flowers in a blue underglaze. The cup sits on a brass stand.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]; Asia: Eastern Asia: China: Jiangxi: Jingdezhen
  • Date made
    1662 - 1722
  • Materials
    Brass; Porcelain
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Frederick Marshman Bailey
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1904 - 1928
  • Measurements
    264 mm x 162 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: This porcelain stem cup was exported to Tibet, where it was placed into a brass stand and used on a Buddhist altar. For hundreds of years the Chinese exported silks and porcelain to Tibet. In the 17th century, when this cup was made, the Chinese were heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The artist painted a stylised chrysanthemum flower with leaves to symbolise joviality. The flower is also associated with a life of ease and retirement from public office.
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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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