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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.
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.
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Height: 23.75 in, Diameter: 12.5 in
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.
Porcelain; Cobalt; Glaze
Painted; Glazed; Fired
Gourd; Peaches; Plants; Chinese characters; Trees
East Asia Collection