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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen, China (made)

  • Date:

    1522-66 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Bloxham gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, room 44, case 50

This thickly potted vase is made of porcelain and is painted with cobalt blue under the glaze. It has been formed in the shape of a double gourd. The gourd is closely associated with Daoism. Li Tieguai, one of the eight Daoist immortals is often depicted carrying a double gourd which was said to contain a magical elixir. It is symbolic of longevity, magic and medicine. The character 'Shou' meaning longevity is a common decorative motif on Chinese ceramics and it was often used to decorate birthday gifts in the hope that the recipient would enjoy a long life.

Physical description

Thickly potted porcelain vase in the shape of a double gourd, painted with cobalt blue under the glaze with the character 'Shou' meaning Longevity, repeated in various styles all over the vase.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen, China (made)


1522-66 (made)


Height: 23.75 in, Diameter: 12.5 in

Descriptive line

Cer, China, Ming, vase

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John, 'Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum' Monochrome plate 159.

Associated names

Rev. J.F. Bloxam


Porcelain; Glaze; Cobalt


Painted; Glazed; Fired

Subjects depicted

Trees; Plants; Peaches; Gourd; Chinese characters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection code


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