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Creation date: undated
Creation place: China

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Type: Glass Bowl
Medium and Support: Glass
Credit Line: Bequest of Elsie S. Kimberly
Accession Number: 1966.171
Dimensions: 3 3/4 in. x 10 3/16 in. x 10 3/16 in. (9.53 cm x 25.88 cm x 25.88 cm)
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Elsie Stewart Kimberly, Coronado, California ( - 1966)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1966 - )

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Both glass bowls likely come from the Beijing glass workshop that began in the seventeenth century under Emperor Kangxi (reigned 1661–1722) and continued throughout the Qing dynasty. Imperial workshops largely manufactured porcelains, lacquer, jade, glass, and other objects for the imperial household. While China is known for its porcelains, the skills and technology of glass-making probably were brought from Syria or Iran. However, glass-making in China was on the decline until the Qing Dynasty, when China re-encountered the Europeans, who fancied glass objects and techniques. These two bowls, in the shapes of lotus and flower, continue Chinese taste in designs of ceramics and porcelains.

Last Updated: 4/6/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013

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