Longquan porcelain meiping vase of octagonal form. The vase has grey green glaze. There are three moulded panels on each of the eight facets, with chrysanthemum sprays on the upper and lower panels. The centre panels are unglazed and biscuit fired, and show alternately Daoist immortals and chrysanthemum sprays.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 243 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Octagonal vase with immortals and flowers
Potters decorated each of the eight sides with three impressed, lobed, panels with the design standing out in relief. The panels around the centre were painted with a wax or grease resist before glazing, to ensure they fired in the biscuit, creating a contrasting colour. These biscuit panels depict two of the Eight Immortals surrounded by clouds. They are repeated twice and alternate with flower panels. The Eight Immortals are a combination of male and female historical and legendary figures, each identified by different costume and attributes. For example Zhong Liquan 鐘離權 is recognised by his top knots and fan, and Li Tieguai 李鐵拐 has a ‘grotesque’ face, walks with a crutch and carries a gourd.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with impressed and partly biscuit-fired decoration with celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Mr Shoji Kato, Tokyo.
Object reference number: RRC38621