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Chinese Ming Dynasty
Chinese, 1368 - 1644
Stem Bowl
Xuande period, 1426/1435
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration, 8.3 x 15.6 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Harry G. Steele Collection, Gift of Grace C. Steele
Image: Chinese Ming Dynasty
Stem Bowl, Xuande period, 1426/1435
Harry G. Steele Collection, Gift of Grace C. Steele
1972.43.5

This Chinese porcelain stem bowl painted in underglaze blue is from the reign of Ming-dynasty Emperor Xuande (r. 1426-1435). Pieces of such high quality were produced at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. During Xuande's reign, blue-and-white porcelain that previously had been more popular in the Islamic world than in China, gained favor at his court.

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