- Museum number
Porcelain altar piece and stand decorated in the 'fahua' palette. The upper part of this porcelain altar piece is sculpted as a rocky grotto containing a bare-bellied fat bearded figure carrying a feather. The grotto is hollow and has a round peg base which fits loosely into the circular neck of the stand. Based on metal work, the rectangular stand has a moulded lion applied at each face, flanges at the edges and a stepped base. It stands on a broad foot ring. It is decorated with deep blue, turquoise and biscuit details in the 'fahua' palette. The inner neck of the stand and base are glazed green.
- Production date
- 1488-1522 (circa)
Diameter: 12.50 centimetres
Height: 13.20 centimetres (height of stand)
Height: 40 centimetres (with stand)
Length: 16.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall 2001:
This figure represents Zhongli Quan, chief of the Eight Daoist Immortals. He is one of the immortals whose character is based on a genuine historical figure, in this case a Han dynasty scholar. He is identified by his feather fan with which he kindles the souls in the underworld and returns them to life. Hobson suggested that this altar piece could also be used as an incense burner. Pellet incense could be burned within the stand and the smoke would escape through the openwork holes in the grotto. Combining sculpted images with incense burners was
quite popular in the Ming period.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Bought with the help of public subscription.
- Registration number