today. The stylized floral decorations that depict an ancient Chinese town on the bowl and the German
silver mounts have improved its exhibition.
The bowl was made out of ceramic in China during the Wanli period, the late 16
decorative bowl forms part of continuous development from the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) and other
Predynastic times. Such ceramic bowls form a very remarkable aspect of Chinese art globally. Chinese
construction materials such as tiles and bricks are used to form ceramics used in bowl pottery. Such
ceramics used to produce such fine arts are made on an industrial scale. The hand-built bowl is then fired
in kilns or bonfires in preparation for export as either diplomatic gifts or trade to European states,
Southeast Asia, and other Islamic states. There are three types of bowls made out of Chinese ceramics,
those made for export purposes, those fabricated for the imperial court, and those made for special
purposes, i.e., use at the altar or for burial in tombs. The silver handles and mounts were inspired by
Islamic metalwork during the Ming dynasty.
The enameled decoration in vivid navy bluish color was
embedded with a specific target for export market demands. Mixing pottery stone and kaolin equally in
addition to ceramics enhances the strength and whiteness of the bowl’s body, which is a much sought
As noted earlier, the ceramic bowl was fabricated within the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644). During
this phase, ethnic Hans ruled over China and pottery expanded in the south.
These bowls were made in
Jingdezhen which was ideal for its abundant minerals that aided in manufacturing porcelain, petuntse,
kaolin, and ceramics. At Jingdezhen, the coarse bodied shufu was made into hardened porcelain that does
not reveal any sign of handicraft by potters. During the Yongle period (1402 - 1424), the bowl was
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