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KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)"The bowl is decorated to the exterior with eight seal-script shou-characters above a band of lotus flowers resting on leafy tendrils. The interior is decorated to the centre with a large lotus flower-head. The base has an apocryphal Chenghua mark.This lot contains endangered species material. Shipping to destinations outside [the UK or EU/Hong Kong/the USA] requires a CITES permit which will delay your shipment. prior to bidding to check if Christie’s can ship to your proposed destination. Alternatively, you can collect in person and arrange for your own CITES permit and shipping.6 1/4 in. (16 cm.) diam., hongmu stand; ProvenanceCollection of A.C.Beeling, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, circa 1960."The combination of lotus and shou characters seen on the present bowl represents a wish for longevity. The lotus symbolises Buddhism and its associated qualities, such as purity and harmony. The idea of a beautiful lotus emerging from a muddy pond alludes to purity and perfection and serves as an example to Buddhists, who strive to live a life of integrity in an ordinary world.