Late Qing wooden table screen with an inlay of a ceramic plaque painted with the image of a celestial beauty scattering flowers. The characters in the upper right have the meaning of: The beautiful scent of flowers floating in the air.
Celestial Beauty Scattering Flowers 天女散花
The Tathagata (Buddha) learned that Vimalakirti fell ill in Pali city, and upon that he sent one of the celestial beauties to scatter flowers in the habitation of the patient. Following the order of her master, the celestial beauty arrived there and did what the master told her to do. Later on, she read the Buddha's order to the patient before returning.
Age: Late Qing (1644-1911)
Size: 17.25 x 11 x 4.25 inches
Media: Ceramic / Wood