Bowl with ladies mastering the four arts

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€ 12500

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Origin
China
Period
Kangxi Period, 1662 - 1722
Material
Porcelain
Height
10 cm
Diameter
20.5 cm

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Description

The outside of the bowl is decorated with ladies who are mastering the four arts. Beneath the ladies are molded petals with a flower design. The inside of the bowl is decorated with boys playing in a landscape.
At the bottom is the Kangxi mark.

The four arts were the four main artistic and academic talents that were required form the stereotype aristocratic Chinese scholar-gentleman. The four arts were the mastery of the:

  • Qin, a stringed instrument called guqin
  • Qi, the strategy board game weiqi (also called Go in the West and Japan)
  • Shu, Chinese calligraphy
  • Hua, brush painting 
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