Bowl, 2 Dragons,pearls,flowers,int.1 Dragon,pearl(tao Kuang)

Qing Dynasty

Accession Number
Credit line
Herbert and May Shaw Bequest
Collection Area
Asian Art
Gallery location
Not on display

This simple shaped deep bowl is richly ornamented with Buddhist symbols. The outside of the bowl contains the eight 'Emblems of Happy Augury'. A Bell - as a substitute for the Charkra Wheel of the Law; A Conch Shell - The trumpet, a symbol of the Buddha's teachings being broadcast afar; The Umbrella - Indicating the awning or canopy carried above persons of very high rank; The Processional Canopy - a symbol of esteem and authority; The Lotus Bloom - a symbol of Purity and Perfection; The Vase - which contained the ashes and relics of the saints, and a symbol of the Supreme Buddha over Death; The pair of Fishes - a charm against evil and a symbol of unity, especially in marriage; The Endless Knot - a symbol for continuous reincarnation. There is also a mixture of Taoist and Confucian symbols, especially with the Dragons and Feng-Huang birds.


Southern Grampians Shire Council

State Government of Victoria