Dish with Painted Potted Peach Tree Trunk in the Shape of Longevity (Shou) Character Rimmed with Flowers and Symbols of the the Eight Taoist Immortals
1. Fan of Han Zhonglin; Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) poet, said to fan the dead back to life and pun for goodness (shan = fan and goodness)
2. Gourd and iron crutch of Li Tieguai; he is a lame mendicant who dispenses medicine from the gourd.
3. Bamboo fish drum of Zhang Guolao, bestows longevity (fish are long-lived)
4. Floral/bamboo sieve of He Xiangu (looks like a ruyi scepter)
5. Flower-basket/peaches of Lan Caihe; gender neutral—young man or woman—street performer/offering figure
6. Sword (and wisk) of Lu Dongbin; scholar/warrior lived during the Tang dynasty turned from earthly (sic corrupt) officials to serve celestial emperor following Han Zhonglin
7. Castanets of Cao Guoji
8. Flute of Han Xiangzi (flute is rebus for “rising high" jiejie gaoxing)

Dish with Painted Potted Peach Tree Trunk in the Shape of Longevity (Shou) Character Rimmed with Flowers and Symbols of the the Eight Taoist Immortals (Baxian)

China

Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Jiajing period (1522-1566)

  • Titles Dish with Painted Potted Peach Tree Trunk in the Shape of Longevity (Shou) Character Rimmed with Flowers and Symbols of the the Eight Taoist Immortals (Baxian) (Descriptive)
  • Artist China
  • Medium porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
  • Dimensions 2 1/8 x 11 3/4 in. Diam. (5.4 x 29.8 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of Thaddeus H. Crenshaw, 2002.67
  • Work Type dish
  • Classification Containers
  • On View