On View In:
Gallery 210
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Water Basin  
Date:   late 18th century  
Medium:   Jade  
Dimensions:   3 x 9 x 4 3/4 in. (7.62 x 22.86 x 12.07 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus L. Searle  
Location:   Gallery 210  

This well-carved bowl, which is in the form of an open gourd, is adorned with beautifully carved high relief vines, leaves and bats. The work might have been intended as a brush washer but more likely served a purely decorative purpose as a display item.

Object Description  
Classification:   Jade (Do Not Use)  
Physical Description:   Calabash or gourd, white jade, with carvings of plant forms and animals in high relief.  
Creation Place:   Asia, China, , ,  
Accession #:   33.38.1a,b  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts