- Qing dynasty, late Kangxi (1662–1722)–Yongzheng (1723–35) period
- early 18th century
- Porcelain with blue glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
- H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
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- Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
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Carried by Daoist Immortals, the calabash gourd that inspired this bottle is said to serve as a special container for the liquor of immortality. Ceramic productions of this shape first become popular in the fourteenth century, a period when Daoism flourished, and then again in the sixteenth as a result of imperial interest in this religious tradition.