A Chinese Export Blue and White Holy Water Stoupe, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period

A Chinese Export Blue and White Holy Water Stoupe, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period

c. 1740 China

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For the Iberian market, after a fluted silver shape, painted in under-glaze blue, the back plate with the holy monogram ‘IHS’ incorporating a cross into the design, all within foliate scrollwork, terminating in a pendant knop.

The letters IHS with a crucifix above it were used as a symbol by the Society of Jesus, an order of Roman Catholic priests founded by St Ignatius of Loyola in 1534.

A fragment from a similar stoupe may be found in the Bangkok National Museum, Thailand, excavated in 1984, from San Petro, a Dominican church destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, at Ayutthaya, a former Portuguese settlement.
The cover a later replacement
Dimensions
Height 22.50 cm (8.86 inches)
Stock Code
1370
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