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Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, flared rim, and tall, straight footring. The God of Longevity and a crane is painted in urquoise, red, green, yellow and black overglaze enamel in the centre of the interior, and a procession of immortals on the exterior. There is an inscription and a mark on the base.
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Diameter: 120 millimetres
Height: 67 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Japan, possibly Kyoto 19thC
Room 95 label text:
Bowl with the Eight Immortals visiting Shoulao
Shoulao, the god of longevity is shown, in the centre of the bowl, 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. On the base there is an eight-character inscription reading 萬曆年製 玉堂佳器 (Wanli nian zhi Yutang jiaqi ‘Made in the Wanli period, precious vessel for the Jade Hall’) in underglaze blue.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1573–1620 or Republican period 1911–1949
- On display (G95/dc29/sh6)
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