Imperial Yellow Bowl
Porcelain with yellow glaze
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period
Diameter 14.5 cm
Royal Ontario Museum 2013.43.1
This rare yellow-glazed monochrome bowl was designed and commissioned by the court of Emperor Wanli, and made exclusively at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen 景德鎮. Wanli, the thirteenth emperor of the Ming dynasty, ruled the country for over 40 years (1573–1620). During his reign, Manchu people living north of the Great Wall established the Qing dynasty, which became a political and military rival of the Ming court. The Qing took over the Ming court at the Forbidden City in 1644.
The Imperial yellow bowl was the latest acquisition to the Chinese collection of the Royal Ontario Museum thanks to the Louise Stone Acquisition Fund.