Bowl (wan) with Water Plants and Arabesques

1506–21
Location: not on view
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Chinese potters integrated foreign motifs, shapes, and ideas in order to cater to changing tastes and new customers in an increasingly global world.

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Arabesques, an ornamental design of intertwined flowing lines inspired by Middle Eastern culture, appear on Chinese blue-and-white porcelain since the 1300s. The early Ming emperors, particularly the Zhengde emperor, promoted Islam and commissioned porcelain with Islamic calligraphy.
Bowl (wan) with Water Plants and Arabesques

Bowl (wan) with Water Plants and Arabesques

1506–21

China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Zhengde mark and reign (1506-21)

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