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The deep rounded sides are incised with scrolling foliage and a Greek key fret border to the outside. This is typical of this type of bowl.
The inside is moulded with figures and inscriptions depicting a narrative story. This is the story of Su Qin who died in 317BC, although it is not absolutely certain as the stories of the bowls are very similar
There were a group of such narrative bowls produced at Longquan with three or four different narrative stories but they are not common.
This bowl's story has two figures playing chess, a military and civil official, under a stellar constellation with the inscription that translates as 'the gods fighting over a chess game'. A scholar seated reading a book with an ink stone and the inscription reads,'Li Bo gazing at book'. An official by a board with a qilin on it and inscribed 'gold and jade'. A lady seated at a table working on a piece of silk with the inscription that reads' Lady Zhoa improves her talents. The final figure is playing a zither like instrument and it reads 'Confucius remembers Yan Hui. The centre is impressed with a noble flower.
An excellent example of this type of bowl.
|Height||9.00 cm||(3.54 inches)|