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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.402

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body and blue-tone glaze. There is open-work trellis and relief medallions containing Shou-lao and the Eight Immortals on horseback in biscuit on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres
    • Diameter: 72 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : MingRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A402

    Cup with the Eight Daoist Immortals


    This porcelain cup is carefully carved to reveal an openwork design. In each roundel are applied biscuit figures of the Eight Daoist Immortals in horseback visiting Shoulao, the god of longevity. Bowl with the Eight Immortals visiting Shoulao. 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 is recognised by his top knots and fan, and Li Tieguai has a ‘grotesque’ face, walks with a crutch and carries a gourd.


    Porcelain with openwork design, clear glaze and applied decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.36, no.76 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case44/sh4

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    11 January 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Remove old restoration - old adhesive.

    Condition

    Five small chips were located along the rim of the ceramic. These had been previously filled with a soft white material - possibly plaster.

    Two of the heads and two - three of the horses' heads appear to be restorations.

    There was alot of excess adhesive (possibly Paraloid B72 or Cellulose Nitrate) and some older adhesive which had discoloured. Part of the weave pattern of the body of the ceramic had been repositioned at an odd angle again with a lot of adhesive. When this was removed it was found to be restoration.

    Treatment details

    The soft fills along the rim were removed through acetone applied on cotton wool swabs on a satay stick and a scalpel. It was felt through discussion with Jessica Harrison-Hall that because they were small they could be left unfilled.

    The restored section of the weave pattern was removed and left empty - again this area of missing ceramic was minute.

    Where possible the excess old adhesive was removed using acetone swabs and a scalpel. Through doing so one of the restored horse's heads came away and was readhered using 50% Paraloid B72 in acetone.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.402

White porcelain bowl. Decorated with open-work trellis and relief medallions containing Shou-lao and the Eight Immortals on horseback in biscuit. Covered with blue-toned glaze.

White porcelain bowl. Decorated with open-work trellis and relief medallions containing Shou-lao and the Eight Immortals on horseback in biscuit. Covered with blue-toned glaze.

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