Description Stemmed cups resembling wine vessels used at court figure prominently on Chinese Buddhist altars, where they are placed before devotional images and filled with water. A band of heart-shaped motifs on the stems of these cups evokes the head of the curved scepter carried by Buddhist deities and symbolic of monastic authority. On the bowl of each cup, Tibetan letters mounted above lotus blossoms are surrounded by coiling leaf patterns.
- Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
Provenance Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions Reign mark of the Qianlong emperor; Tibetan letters
Credit Bequest of Henry Walters, 1931
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