Antique, Chinese 16th -18th century, large copper basin bowl of squat spherical form rising to the everted rim, the shoulders flanked by two applied zoomorphic mask handles with rings, (absence of one ring). The body elaborately engraved with eight large quatrefoil cartouches and four small medallions containing various vegetation, including plum and lotus blossoms, bamboo branches and chrysanthemum flowers, against a fish scales pattern background, and surrounded by cloud scrolls. Over the centuries Chinese Art has had a great impact on Islamic art, however, during the period of the Ming Dynasty, Chinese art was influenced by Islamic art and designee which can be seen on porcelain and metalwork objects, as the ewers, jugs and other items, and sometimes even decorated with Arabic script. Some of them were made for export to Islamic countries, but many of these objects were made for the local Chinese market, as was this rare Chinese copper bowl made in shape characteristic for the Islamic Persian bowls from the period of Safavid Dynasty (16th -18th century), and decorated with eight large quatrefoil cartouches in typical Islamic form, frequently seen as designee on the Persian carpets, however, instead of the engraved Islamic motives, is engraved with typical Chinese pattern. CONDITION: Some wear to engraved designee, small amount of tin soldering on the lower part, below the mask. MEASUREMENTS: Approximately: Diameter including masks: 39 cm (15 3/8 in). Height: 17.8 cm (7 in).
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