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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.619

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with straight openwork sides. Relief and underglaze blue with band of applied biscuit figures of Shou Lao and other immortals, with lattice openwork. Base glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 millimetres
    • Diameter: 97 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A619

    Bowl with the Eight Immortals and 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. They are here shown visiting Shoulao, the god of longevity.


    Porcelain with openwork, applied biscuit and underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 157 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.38, no.A619 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.56, no.A619, colour p.41 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc20/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the S. E. Kennedy Collection. PDF card: S. E. Kennedy Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.619

Porcelain bowl with straight openwork sides. Relief and underglaze blue with band of applied biscuit figures of Shou Lao and other immortals, with lattice openwork. Base glazed.

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