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Chinese Cloisonné Vase

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Cloisonné Vase, c. 1680
Enamel on Bronze
14 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (36.83 cm x 24.13 cm x 24.13 cm)

Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.22

There is a seal on the bottom of the vase.

Multicolored enamels on bronze.

Object Description
Chinese champlevé vase with a lid, decorated with a thrice- repeated pattern of the Buddhist bodhisattva Pu Xian (Sanskrit: Samantabhadra, the “All Gracious”; Japanese: Fugen Bosatsu) riding on a white elephant and surrounded by attendants. According to Buddhist legend, Pu Xian’s white elephant could change into a man; Pu Xian conquered him in a fight and thereafter the elephant allowed him to ride on its back. The vase is primarily colored in blue, red, and green enamels on a blue ground. Decorative borders of lappets and scrolling lotuses adorn to top and bottom rims.

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