A rare cloisonné enamel ‘lion and makara’ bowl

Ming dynasty, 16th century, China

Diameter: 19.5 cm, 7.68inches

The deep rounded flaring sides rise from a short slightly spreading foot. The bowl is decorated to the exterior with a band of Buddhist lions with brocade balls among cloud scrolls and auspicious symbols. The interior has a central roundel of double –vajra, within a band of lotus lappets and an outer band of three makara waves below a floral scroll to the rim. The floral scroll designs are repeated on the foot and base.

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