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Box with Daoist Immortals

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66)
Date:
mid-16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm); Diam.15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.64.12a, b
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.
Marking: Jiajing mark in six letters
Hans Mueller , Lebanon, Kentucky (until 1925; his sale at Anderson Galleries, New York, March 13–14, 1925, lot 99, to MMA)
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