Artwork of the Week: August 31

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Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1912, Bowl with Lotus Decoration, yellow glass, cast, carved, probably 19th century. H. 3 15/16 in.; Diam. 8 1/2 in. Glass Pavilion, Gallery 4

Yellow—corresponding with earth in traditional Chinese art and culture—was considered the most beautiful color. Reserved for the Emperor and his court and therefore a forbidden color, such rigid regulations had loosened by the 19th century and yellow vessels, garments, and painted decorations were produced more widely.


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