Covered bowl with inlay

Hindustan (18th century A.D.)
Height: 9.7 cm Rim diameter: 12.9 cm Base diameter: 6.7 cm

Hindustan is the name applied in Ch'ing-dynasty records to northern India, an area which produced fine-quality jade objects, the majority jade bowls and plates usually decorated with low-relief floral patterns or ornamented with gold and silver wires and with multi-colored glass inlays. This piece was offered as a tribute from the Sinkiang Moslems to the Ch'ien4ung emperor. By imperial order, Chinese jade carvers added two inscriptions in the inner walls of the vessel: "For use of the Ch'ien-lung emperor" and "To be treasured by descendants forever."

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