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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Porcelain 瓷器 Southern Dynasties 南朝

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Southern Dynasties 南朝

The lotus is a symbol of purity and perfection in Buddhism because it grows out of the mud but is not defiled. The flower is also esteemed by Daoists, being the symbol of He Xianggu 何仙姑, one of the eight immortals. Many parts of the lotus are used for eating, medicine, and herbal tea, including the seeds, stamen, petals, kernel, and root.

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青釉刻花 南朝公元420〜589上海博物馆 Celadon jar with lotus petal designs Southern Dynasties (420—589), Shanghai Museum

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