Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66)
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm); Diam.15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1925
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The small figures and their attendants shown walking in a procession on the cover depict the Eight Daoist Immortals, a quasi-historical group that became popular in the twelfth century as this religious tradition expanded. On this unusual box, which may have been used to hold beads, they are shown approaching Shuolao, a popular Daiost divinity often associated with immortality.