Large imperial Cloisonne enamel basin
Qing dynasty, Wanli mark and period, 1573 – 1619, China
Height: 16cm 6.3inches, diameter: 31cm 12.2inches
The circular deep bowl, with flaring mouth, is supported on a circular foot rim. It is decorated on the outside with a wide band – forming the main field – in which four quatrefoil panels each enclose a single five-clawed dragon. The mythical beasts are depicted in alternating red and blue enamels, writhing amongst clouds, against a light green ground. Each panel is set against a main turquoise ground – further decorated with lotus flowers and Buddhist symbols.