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Basic Information

Accession Number:2006.0403.32
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1644 - 1911


The term 'Famille Rose' refers to the glaze and means 'the pink family' and describes the use of pink enamel.
Figures with musical instruments decorate this bowl. In Chinese culture, music was central to court rituals. It was believed to act as a bridge between heaven and earth. Each tradition and ceremony had a unique musical element. This ensured that the relevant gods and spirits would observe every significant deed of the court.

Franklin Bequest, 2006.

Further Information

Production Period:Qing Dynasty
School/Style:Famille Rose
Place of Origin:China


Height:85 mm
Diameter:130 mm; 65 mm