In China, the art of glassmaking made rapid advances during the Qing dynasty. In 1696, the Kangxi Emperor established a glass workshop within the Forbidden City to produce glass for imperial use. That effort bore magnificent fruit during the reign of his grandson, the Qianlong Emperor. This work is a cut-glass bowl with the bold inscription Da Qing Qianlong nianzhi, "made in the Qianlong period of the great Qing." Twenty-five hexagonal motifs each are precisely arranged in four levels. It is an example of the continued influence of Sassanid Persian cut glass, which reached China via the Silk Road.