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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.790

  • Description

    Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze enamels. Inside, a figure of Shou lao (God of Longevity), seated with his crane, enclosed in double blue ring. Eight Immortals around the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : First half 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A790

    Bowl with the Eight Immortals visiting Shoulao


    Shoulao, the god of longevity is shown with the Eight Immortals around the outside. 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. This Qing doucai bowl has a six-character apocryphal Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.55, no.190 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.74, no.A790 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.790

Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze enamels. Inside, a figure of Shou lao (God of Longevity), seated with his crane, enclosed in double blue ring. Eight Immortals around the outside. Mark on base.

Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze enamels. Inside, a figure of Shou lao (God of Longevity), seated with his crane, enclosed in double blue ring. Eight Immortals around the outside. Mark on base.

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