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Egg-shell Porcelain Bowl (百子千孙)



Depth: approx. 10cm | Diameter: approx. 24cm | Condition: Mint


Bai Zi Qian Sun Egg-shell Porcelain Bowl.A special technique was used in the making of the bowl to make it so thin that it is almost translucent. The production of the egg shell bowl was introduced in the Ming dynasty and it is extremely time consuming and complex. The bowl is so thin that any extreme fluctuation in temperature can shatter it and production requires the individual to painstakingly paint the bowl with great precision.

Today, this has evolved to the bowls being decorated with enamels. The children on the bowl represents ‘ Bai Zi Qian Sun ’ which directly translates to ‘100’s sons 1000’s grandchildren’. It promotes fertility, prosperity and harmony. The piece is believed to be done during the Republic of China period [1912-1949].

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