This incredibly detailed brass Chinese bowl dates to c. 1730. It is gilded with silver. The piece is unique in its motif depictions. In the center, a robed man stands in the middle of clouds on top of a dragon. As the bowl begins to curve upward, one can make out a pattern of bats and flowers seen through circular windows in the bowl. A border of fruit caps this section of the bowl off. The flat part of the edge of the bowl has a variety of different images. Bamboo, various flowers, and even swords make up part of this section. The outside of the bowl is bare of this detail, which rightly focuses the eye to the interior of the bowl. This complements the form and function of a bowl. A stunning example of 18th C. Chinese art, this bowl will be a fine addition to any Asian collection.
D: 12 1/4 in. H: 3 1/4 in.